On 29 October 2021, G20 Finance and Health Ministers met for their first joint virtual meeting under the Italian G20 Presidency. The Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) gave a statement, underscoring the fact that pandemic prevention, preparedness and response require a One Health approach and that the contribution of national Veterinary Services is essential.
The Finance and Health Ministers agreed to release a joint communiqué, announcing the further strengthening of coordination between Finance and Health Ministries through the establishment of a Joint Finance and Health Task Force. WOAH will be part of this task force, the aim of which is to enhance collaboration and global cooperation on all issues related to pandemic prevention, preparedness and response. The task force will also promote the exchange of experiences and best practice, developing coordination arrangements between Finance and Health Ministries, promoting collective action and encouraging effective stewardship of resources to address the existing gaps in financing for pandemic preparedness and response.