The United States as the first chair of the COVID summit, Belize as the chair of CARICOM; Germany, which holds the presidency of the G7; Indonesia, which holds the presidency of the G20; and Senegal as Chair of the African Union, will co-host the second COVID-19 Global Summit, to be held virtually on Thursday, May 12, 2022.
We will be joined by countries, other partners, non-governmental organizations and private sector companies that have made financial or political commitments. Some of them will include South Africa; Canada; Japan; India; Colombia; Republic of Korea; Italy; New Zealand; European Commission; Spain, Nigeria; Norway; Palau; Tanzania; Rwanda; Welcome ; Google; FIND, the global alliance for diagnostics; Rotary International; the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations; Clinton Health Access Initiative; Foundations for an Open Society; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; and the Mastercard Foundation. In addition, international and regional organizations will participate, such as the World Health Organization, the World Bank Group; the World Trade Organization; Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the Caribbean Public Health Agency. We will share more information on additional attendees closer to the Summit.
Together, the Summit will redouble our efforts from the first COVID Summit and focus on four key objectives:
- Recommitting Intensity to Global Response. The pandemic is not over, and now is the time to prepare for the next one. The summit will focus on securing new resources and political commitments to control COVID-19 in 2022.
- Vaccinate the world. Vaccination remains the most important life-saving tool in this pandemic. It is also the most effective way to combat emerging variants. This is true for the entire population, and especially true for the most vulnerable. And that means focusing on both the quantity of vaccinations, but also the quality – including providing effective boosters.
- Protect the most vulnerable. The summit will focus on getting vaccines, tests and treatments for those most at risk, such as the elderly, immunocompromised people and frontline and healthcare workers.
- Prevent future disasters. By investing now to gain political commitment to global pandemic preparedness. The Summit will focus on expanding and funding capacity for countries, health workers, disease surveillance and medical countermeasures, including through the new Pandemic Preparedness and Global Health Security Fund. the World Bank.
President Biden and his fellow heads of state from co-host countries will kick off the summit with remarks on how the fight against COVID-19 must remain an international priority. The summit will then feature three sessions focusing on gunfire, expanding access to testing and treatment, promoting health security and preventing future disasters. Ahead of the summit, the United States called on leaders from government, civil society, business, and philanthropic organizations to make significant new commitments.
To date, the President has pledged to share 1.2 billion doses of safe and effective vaccines with the world, and the United States has delivered on that pledge. The United States has shipped more than 530 million doses of vaccine to 115 countries around the world, more than four times more than our next closest donor. And the United States sent them for free without any conditions.
The summit reinforces the United States’ unwavering leadership in the global response to COVID-19 and our efforts to engage with the world to do our part to end this acute phase of the pandemic and prepare for future threats. It also reflects the work of the Biden-Harris administration to continue to advance the global response, including securing funding from Congress, as the virus does not wait for Congress to act. It is essential that Congress act with the urgency that a once-in-a-generation pandemic warrants.
The United States and co-host countries look forward to another successful summit to accelerate the international response to the fight against COVID-19 and advance global pandemic preparedness.
You can join us for the second COVID-19 Summit by tuning in here starting at 9 a.m. ET: WH.GOV/Live