In this year’s Annual Letter, Bill and Melinda Gates write about two areas that are essential for building a stronger, more resilient future: Prioritizing equity and preparing for the next pandemic. The world wasn’t ready for COVID-19. But next time can be different.
Perspectives on the global pandemic response
The world has seen unprecedented challenges in the past months—as well as unprecedented collaboration. As the world responds to COVID-19, it needs to build more resilient health systems that protect the world's most vulnerable and ensure a safe and effective vaccine is available and affordable to everyone.
The next phase in the fight against the pandemic is beginning: Will the science developed in 2020 benefit everyone in 2021?
The world is closer than ever to having safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. Dr. Lynda Stuart shares her thoughts on the news surrounding Pfizer and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine candidates.
More on COVID-19
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Perspectives on Gender Equality
In the work to improve the lives of the world’s lowest-income people, one thing has become abundantly clear: The undervaluing of women and girls is at the root of every problem we’re trying to solve. We cannot make progress on any of the most pressing global challenges, from poverty to climate change to pandemics, if a majority of the world’s population continues to be left behind and their potential and talent goes untapped.
Low-income women are most vulnerable to the economic impacts of the pandemic. The gender equality team shares approaches to empower female workers.
More gender disaggregated data is needed to fully understand COVID-19's impacts. Melinda Gates shares four actions governments must take to overcome this gap.
2020 Goalkeepers Report
The Goalkeepers report is an annual look at our collective progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. Our 2020 report examines the wide-ranging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and what we must do to end it.
The 2020 Goalkeepers Global Goals Award winners are taking action to create a safer, healthier, and more equitable world and helping their communities respond to the pandemic.
Goalkeepers Accelerators are extraordinary partnerships that work hard and fast to bring us closer to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
What we're reading
Project SyndicateTo help facilitate a coordinated global response to COVID-19, Gavi board chair Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala calls on governments and manufacturers to contribute to COVAX AMC.
NatureRNA vaccines may be the key to combating tuberculosis, HIV, malaria, influenza, and more.
e27Winners of USAID’s Innovation Challenge will work on creating new solutions to improve access to family planning services in the Philippines.
Hindustan TimesIndia’s new indigenous pneumonia vaccine will be used to treat pneumonia in children and is the most affordable vaccine of its kind.
A selection of stories from across the foundation and our partners
It is with deep sadness that I write to share the news that our “north star,” Bill Gates Sr., passed away on Monday, September 14 at home surrounded by family.
The Voices for Economic Opportunity Grand Challenges has awarded 28 grants to organizations in order to help tell the stories of people facing poverty and marginalization in the U.S.
Ruth Bishop’s discovery of the rotavirus in 1973 paved the way for future vaccines. Now, Gavi helps ensure many of these vaccines reach the world’s poorest.
The desert locust infestation in East Africa is compounded by climate change and the pandemic. Collaborative action is needed to avoid a humanitarian disaster.
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