White House Global Covid-19 Summit to be held in May

“Ahead of the May 12 summit, we are calling on world leaders, members of civil society, non-governmental organizations, philanthropists, and the private sector to make new commitments and bring solutions to vaccinate the world, save lives, and build right now. Better health protection – for everyone, everywhere,” the White House said in its announcement. “The emergence and spread of new variants such as Omicron has led to a strategy aimed at controlling COVID-19 around the world.” strengthened the need.”

This year’s gathering follows the first global COVID-19 summit led by the US last September.

Countries’ focus hasn’t shifted dramatically from the first year – getting shots into weapons, sharing tests and treatments, continuing research on the virus and increasing pandemic preparedness for the future are all goals of the summit.

The summit was originally scheduled to take place in March, and was then pushed to April after the invasion of Ukraine – and when Congress failed to secure renewed funding for US programs to respond to the pandemic around the world . delayed againFirst reported by Politico.

Step up to speak: The US previously announced that it would use a “step up to speak model” at this year’s summit. Raj Punjabi, senior director of global health security and biodefense at the National Security Council, said last month that wealthy countries would need to make “significant” new financial commitments to help end the pandemic in order to secure a speaking role at the summit. Will have to make

Low- and lower-middle-income countries can also secure a speaking role, he said, by making changes to their domestic pandemic response plans — such as increasing vaccination efforts or testing-to-treat for the most vulnerable. setting up the program.

Global funding battle at home: America is as the summit comes planning to close Some of its global pandemic response programs because Congress did not renew funding for those efforts.

Global health advocates have said that halting those programs could affect America’s ability to secure more funding at this summit.

Peter Mebarduk, director of Access to Medicines at Public Citizen, wrote in an email, “The US may appear empty-handed at its own summit unless leaders from both sides work together to fund the global COVID response.” ” “It may be hard for the White House to call on ambitious commitments from partners, as the US has not committed to fresh funding for the next phase of the global fight.”

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