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11 May 2023 

We must preserve advances made during pandemic, FIP Bureau says

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FIP has welcomed the World Health Organization (WHO) declaration last Friday that the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). In response to the declaration, the FIP Bureau highlights that the past three years have seen pharmacy’s contribution to healthcare expand at an unprecedented rate, particularly in the areas of vaccination, testing, prevention and education. It draws attention to the report published by FIP 1,000 days into the pandemic — “The global response of pharmacy to the pandemic: The contribution of the profession to COVID-19” — to share best practices and better prepare for future pandemics and recovery. “FIP has tracked, collated and monitored pharmacy’s response to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. We are now putting all our learning and evidence into place to both prepare for health emergencies in the future, as well as to preserve the advances in pharmacy roles, the expansion of pharmacy services in every country in order to ensure that our health systems function optimally. We must continue to advocate for more investment in our healthcare systems and we must ensure that we have a health workforce competent to meet needs of today and the future,” the FIP Bureau said. Read the full statement here.

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