White House on Monday announced That it will co-host the second global COVID-19 summit next month, a gathering aimed at building momentum around vaccine donation and ending what was the “acute phase” of the pandemic.
The meeting, set to take place virtually on May 12, comes as the United States seeks to subsidize more global vaccinations after lawmakers stripped $5 billion in global funding from a pandemic relief package that the Senate would expect in the coming weeks. can vote.
Lawmakers announced a deal earlier this month $10 billion coronavirus aid package Focused on home coronavirus testing, vaccination and treatment, but drew a push from the Biden administration and some members of Congress to build on the country’s global COVID-19 commitments, which some public health experts have said were already lacking. Republicans had demanded that the new aid be funded by redeploying previously approved but latent COVID-19 relief.
Federal health officials have said the potential shock could have wide-ranging effects, which could eventually stamp out new type-driven waves of the virus. international development agency warning That without more Congressional funding, it may have to curtail a new program that aims to vaccinate people in poorly vaccinated countries. and in the United States, Newly Known Virus Cases has started to rise again in recent days Amid concerns that infections are rapidly receding,
“The emergence and spread of new forms such as Omicron have reinforced the need for a strategy aimed at controlling COVID-19 around the world,” the White House said in a statement announcing the May summit on Monday. Belize, Germany, Indonesia and Senegal.
About 16 percent of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose of vaccineThat compared to 80 percent in high- and upper-middle-income countries, according to the Our World in Data project at the University of Oxford. Production problems, restrictions on exports, and hoarding of vaccines by wealthy countries have exacerbated this divide.
The theme for the May meeting will be From the first meeting held in Septemberincluding getting shots into weapons, reaching high-risk groups with virus testing and treatment, building more local and regional vaccine manufacturing capacity, and increasing the number of public health workers, the White House said.
Vaccine supplies have increased in the lowest-income countries, but health officials say That doses can arrive at irregular times, making it difficult to organize vaccination campaigns, especially when health systems lack the storage, transportation and staff needed for them.
Senator Chris Koons of Delaware, a Democrat who helped negotiate the pandemic relief package, said on sunday That the millions of doses that the United States has bought and shipped overseas could be exhausted.