White House convenes second global COVID summit

Posted at 11:25 AM, Apr 18, 2022

The Biden administration announced a second global COVID-19 summit in hopes of ending the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and preparing for future health threats.

The previous summit was hosted in September 2021. The upcoming global COVID-19 summit will be held virtually May 12.

The summit has the following goals:

  • Getting shots into arms
  • Deploying tests and treatments, especially for the highest-risk populations
  • Expanding and protecting the health workforce and minimizing disruptions to routine and essential health services
  • Enhancing access to medical countermeasures, including research and development and scaling and diversifying local and regional manufacturing
  • Generating sustainable financing for pandemic preparedness, health security, and health systems