USA as first COVID Summit President, Belize, as CARICOM President; Germany, chairing the G7; Indonesia, chairing the G20; and Senegal as President of the African Union, are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the second Global COVID-19 Summit, which will be held virtually on 12 May 2022. The Summit will redouble our collective efforts to End the acute phase of the COVID-19 -19 pandemic and prepare for future health threats.
This summit follows the first Global COVID-19 Summit convened by the United States on September 22, 2021. Ahead of the May 12 summit, we call on world leaders, members of civil society, NGOs, philanthropists and the private sector to make new commitments and bring solutions to vaccinate the world, save lives now and build better health security – for everyone, everywhere.
The emergence and proliferation of new variants, such as Omicron, has reinforced the need for a strategy aimed at controlling COVID-19 worldwide. Together, we can mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and protect them at the highest risk with vaccinations, tests and treatments, actions to minimize disruption to routine health care, and through support for the ACT-Accelerator multilateral mechanism. We know we must now prepare to build, maintain and fund the global capacity we need, not only for new COVID-19 variants, but also future health crises. To help achieve these goals, we urge all countries and stakeholders to commit to taking urgent action to create the systems we need to end the acute phase of COVID-19, save lives and build better health security. and health systems.
The summit will build on the themes and commitments made at the first summit and will focus on supporting locally led solutions to both immediate and long-term challenges, including:
- Getting shot in the arms;
- Implementation of tests and treatments, especially for the most vulnerable populations;
- Expand and protect healthcare professionals and minimize disruption to routine and essential healthcare services;
- Improving access to medical countermeasures, including research and development and scaling and diversification of local and regional manufacturing; and
- Generation of sustainable funding for pandemic preparedness, health security and health systems
We look forward to another successful summit to continue international efforts in the fight against COVID-19 and to promote global pandemic preparedness.