FACT SHEET: President Biden’s global COVID-19 summit: Ending the pandemic and building better
FACT SHEET: President Biden’s global COVID-19 summit: Ending the pandemic and building better

FACT SHEET: President Biden’s global COVID-19 summit: Ending the pandemic and building better

September 22, 2021

Today, President Biden convened heads of state and leaders of international organizations, the private sector, philanthropies, NGOs, and other partners for the global COVID-19 Summit: Ending the Pandemic and Building Back Better, a virtual summit on the brink. of the UN General Assembly.

The President called on leaders to raise the global ambition to end the COVID-19 pandemic in 2022 and to rebuild better global health security to prevent and prepare for future pandemics. As new variants have set back the global response effort, President Biden challenged the world to advance this agenda with new, focused urgency and to work together to rapidly advance our collective response to this crisis to secure our future.

Overcoming COVID-19: Measuring progress, collective action, common goals

Throughout the summit, world leaders responded to the president’s call and embraced a set of ambitious global goals across four themes:

  • Vaccinate the world by improving equal access to vaccines and getting shots;
  • Save lives now by resolving the oxygen crisis and making tests, therapeutic agents and personal protective equipment (PPE) widely available;
  • Build back better by preparing in all countries, establishing a sustainable funding mechanism for health security and demonstrating political leadership for new threats to prepare for and prevent future pandemics; and
  • To call the world to account by adapting to common global goals, tracking progress and supporting each other in meeting our commitments.

The full set of goals is available here.

New US commitments to end pandemic and rebuild better

President Biden has prioritized ending the COVID-19 pandemic since day one, when he launched National strategy for COVID-19 Response and pandemic preparedness and trains critical steps to exalt pandemic preparedness and response as a top priority for national security. The United States has donated more vaccines than any other country combined, and earlier this year launched a comprehensive US COVID-19 Global Response and Recovery Framework.

The United States is leading the way towards ending the pandemic. In his remarks, the President called on the world to take action and announced several bold new US commitments to accelerate progress toward these goals, including:

Vaccination of the world

  • Donate another half a billion Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to the world: Today, President Biden will announce that the United States will donate another half a billion Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to low- and low-income countries around the globe, with shipments starting in January 2022. This monumental commitment brings the total number of vaccines donated of the United States to over 1.1 billion doses, including the 500 million Pfizer-BioNTech doses that the United States already purchased in June and began shipping in August. With today’s announcement, the United States is donating three doses to the world for every shot it has given at home. To date, the United States has already shipped nearly 160 million doses to 100 countries – donating more vaccines than all other countries combined – for free and with no strings attached, with millions more shipped every day.
  • Get shots in the arms: The US International Development Agency (USAID) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plan to provide an additional $ 370 million for global vaccine readiness and the ability to get shots in the arms where they are most needed. The US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) will provide more than $ 383 million in policy risk insurance to Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, to facilitate shipments of vaccines to nine countries across three continents, speeding up vaccine delivery to regions most in need.
  • Expansion of local production: With the support of our partners and the International Finance Corporation, DFC has invested in several vaccine production facilities in Africa and India, which together will have the capacity to produce 2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses for developing countries by 2022.
  • Expansion of regional capacity: US calls on countries, vaccine manufacturers and other partners to expand global and regional production of mRNA, viral vector and / or protein subunit COVID-19 vaccines to low- and lower-middle-income countries, and to increase transparency of data on production, availability and projections for dose preparation..
  • Improving transparency of delivered doses: The United States encourages vaccine manufacturers to make vaccine delivery and distribution information publicly available so that countries and global partners can plan how to fill gaps and prioritize vaccine deliveries where they are most needed.
  • Support for a COVID-19 TRIPS exemption: Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures. The United States supports a waiver of intellectual property protection in the WTO’s TRIPS Agreement on COVID-19 vaccines to end this pandemic.

Saves lives now

  • Reduction of disease and death and rapid response: USAID and the CDC provide nearly $ 1.4 billion to reduce morbidity and mortality from COVID-19, mitigate transmission, and strengthen health systems, including to prevent, detect, and respond to pandemic threats. Within this total amount, USAID provides $ 100 million to prioritize rapid response interventions.
  • Make oxygen available: USAID plans to provide $ 50 million to expand access to oxygen with a focus on liquid oxygen in bulk.
  • Test improvement: The CDC will provide $ 56 million in COVID-19 test support.
  • Strengthening health systems to combat COVID-19: The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) will provide $ 250 million to support action efforts by leveraging its existing investments in health systems, infrastructure and workforce to support screening, testing, PPE and vaccine preparedness and administration, while fighting HIV / AIDS.
  • Improving the Global Fund: The US is giving $ 3.5 billion to the Global Fund for its COVID-19 response mechanism.
  • Improve detection, monitoring and mitigation of new COVID-19 variants: The United States will set up the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics to support enhanced global variance tracking and analysis capabilities, including through collaboration with those developing the Global Pandemic Radar concept, the World Health Organization’s Global Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence and more. centers through this network.

Build back better

  • Financing global health security: The United States calls on countries to design and establish a Global Health Security Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF), as recommended by the G20 Presidency’s independent high-level panel and other international experts. In partnership with Congress, we will now allocate $ 250 million in start-up funding to a FIF to combat this pandemic, which will also help prevent the next one. We have also requested an additional $ 850 million for FIF from Congress. Acting this year will help us build capacity further so that all countries everywhere are able to prevent, detect and respond to biological threats and mitigate outbreaks in their communities. This commitment will build on, and not replace, the $ 630 million in health security funding and support for the Global Health Security Agenda for the financial year 2021.
  • Catalyze political leadership and attention to biological crises, including by establishing a management-level entity, such as the Global Health Threats Council (GHTC) in 2021.
  • Special Drawing Rights (SDRs): The United States strongly supported the new $ 650 billion allocation of SDRs to help countries increase reserves and fund critical spending to protect public health and minimize economic scarring. To reinforce the benefits of the allocation, we encourage countries that can afford to do so to channel some of their SDRs to poor and vulnerable countries through the International Monetary Fund’s Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust and through a new Resilience and Sustainability Trust (RST). . We urge other members of the International Monetary Fund to support the establishment of an RST focusing on helping countries pursue long-term structural reforms to improve pandemic preparedness and prevention and facilitate investment in a green economy.
  • Bringing health and financial leaders together: The United States supports the G20 Presidency’s call for action to establish a Ministerial Health and Finance Council to strengthen coordination between health and economic policy makers.

Accounting for action: All countries and organizations must play their part

All countries and public and private organizations must commit to emergency action in the autumn. The United States will lead by convening others, so that together we can take the necessary steps to end the pandemic. This is necessary to save lives now and for all of us – including the private sector – to pay a down payment on resilience in our economic future. Going forward, the United States will fight for accountability in partnership with multilateral mechanisms. The President stressed that a crucial element of success in ending the pandemic and rebuilding better will be to hold ourselves and the world accountable by making these investments today. To this end, he announced a new effort to measure progress toward our common goals and maintain global momentum to end the pandemic.

The Secretary of State will convene Foreign Ministers at the end of the year to update on our collective progress and maintain the global urgent need to cross the finish line and end the 2022 pandemic.

The United States will fight for accountability so that the world can measure our progress and meet our commitments.

Specifically:

  • The US will work with a number of key partners to track results, including partner governments, UN Secretary-General, Multilateral Leaders’ Task Force on COVID-19 vaccines, therapy and diagnostics for developing countries established by the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Trade Organization (WTO) and WHO , the private sector and the philanthropic community.
  • In early October 2021, we will bring together the Task Force, members of the private sector, the philanthropic community and other key partners to analyze data that will enable us to evaluate our collective progress ahead of the G20 summit at other international collections, and at regular intervals.
  • We will work with governments, international financial institutions and multilateral development banks, companies, foundations and advocates to track and transparently report progress towards ending the pandemic.
  • We will work with global vaccine manufacturers to expand global and regional production of mRNA, virus vector and / or protein subunit covid-19 vaccines and to increase the transparency of production data and dose production projections.

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