Co-Chair T20 Italy Task Force on Global Health and Covid-19; and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Vella received his degree in Medicine from the University of Rome. He subsequently achieved specialty degree in both Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine. Medical staff at the Institute of Internal Medicine of the University “La Sapienza” Hospital, he developed an extensive experience in the clinical management of internal medicine and infectious diseases. Specific research has been conducted by Dr Vella on major pandemics, specifically on HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis. Former President of the International AIDS Society [IAS], he served as the Italian Board Member of the Global Fund to Fight Tuberculosis, AIDS and Malaria. Director of Department of Pharmacology of the Italian National Institute of Health [ISS] (2003-2017), he was appointed, in January 2017, Director of the Italian National Center for Global Health. Dr Vella has been the President of the Italian Medicines Agency from 2017 till 2018. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Global Health at the Catholic University of Rome, and is a member of the Program Committee of Horizon Europe Health Cluster, the Research Program of the European Commission (2021-2027).