As the world continues to grapple with the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19 and the emergence of new variants, there remains an urgent need for political and diplomatic engagement and coordination to accelerate progress to end the acute phase. of the COVID-19 pandemic and to strengthen health. Security. Accordingly, the United States and Japan will jointly host a virtual ministerial meeting on COVID-19 on July 19 to further galvanize international action, measure progress, and define the steps needed to control COVID-19 and strengthen security. global health.
Government officials and representatives of participating international organizations will come together to sustain progress and drive action on the six lines of action of the Priority Global Plan of Action for Enhanced Engagement (“GAP”) against the COVID-19 pandemic , which we launched earlier this year: (1) Getting Arm Shots; (2) build supply chain resilience; (3) filling information gaps; (4) Supporting healthcare workers; (5) Ensure non-vaccination acute interventions (test and treat); and (6) Strengthening the global health security architecture.
Health security is national security, and all governments and stakeholders must play a central role in ending the acute phase of this pandemic. No country acting alone can stop the virus, and the United States will continue to coordinate closely with our global partners to emerge stronger from this pandemic and build a more resilient global health infrastructure. The ministerial meeting next week will be another important step on this path.