World Innovation Sumit for Health ( WISH) 2020 kicked off Sunday virtually under the banner ‘One World Our Health’at a socially distanced opening ceremony at Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC). Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, chairperson of Qatar Foundation, HE Sheikha Hind  bint Hamad al- Thani, vice chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation, and HE Hannan Mohamed al-Kuwari, the Minister of Public Health as well as several other dignitaries participated in the opening session.

HE Hannan Mohamed al-Kuwari, the Minister of Public Health 

Dr. Andres Tegnell, State Epidemiologist of Sweden

Lord Darzi of Denham,  the Executive Chair of the World Innovation Summit for Health 

Prof. David Nabarro, Co-Director, Institute of Global Health, Imperial College London

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director general of the World Health Organization, said while addressing the opening session that more than 200 vaccines are getting ready all over the  world and some are in the final stages .
In solidarity to fight against Covid-19, Qatar has supported more than  70 countries and international organisations  with resources, said  HE Hannan Mohamed al-Kuwari, the Minister of Public Health .
The summit is presenting ‘In Conversation’ moderated sessions with some of the world’s leading healthcare figures facing the pressures of fighting Covid-19 and other epidemics.

More than 300 individuals comprise the full line-up of confirmed speakers at WISH 2020. They include England’s former chief medical officer (until 2019), Prof Dame Sally Davies; WHO Special Envoy on Covid-19, Dr David Nabarro; and Sweden’s chief epidemiologist Dr Anders Tegnell, among others.

Attendees will be able to hear from Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a member of the White House coronavirus task force and also a world-renowned HIV/Aids researcher, as he speaks with Fiona Godlee of The BMJ about how he thinks the current Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic will end.

Global innovators and health entrepreneurs are being be showcased in an expansive ‘Innovation Hub’ exhibition space, which also features organisations committed to building a healthier world, including the US-based The Carter Centre, UK charity Save The Children and Unicef.
WISH, Qatar Foundation’s global health initiative, has curated a packed programme for the conference with each day featuring a strong line-up of policy-driven content through panel sessions, policy briefings and roundtable events that invite active participation, covering the core topics that are at the top of the global healthcare agenda today.
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