US President Joe Biden plans an ambitious goal of vaccinating 70% of the world’s population – Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK
According to Reuters news agency, Biden’s three-page draft document was sent to countries, international organizations and groups in the private sector, to invite them to attend the COVID-19 summit scheduled to be held. office next week.
One of the contents of this document suggested that countries “have the ability” to donate 1 billion more doses of vaccine and expedite the distribution of 2 billion doses already committed.
White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean Pierre confirmed the goal of immunizing 70 percent of the world’s population, but did not provide details about the conference or the draft document.
Newspaper New York Times – which first reported on Mr. Biden’s draft document – said invitations to the COVID-19 summit were sent out last week.
The body of the letter also calls on richer countries to ensure at least 3 billion USD in 2021 and 7 billion USD in 2022 to be ready for vaccination campaign and to break the mentality of hesitancy in vaccination.
There are also other goals such as ensuring weekly testing for at least 1 in 1,000 people by the end of 2021, and ensuring all health workers have enough protective equipment such as masks during the year. 2021.
The draft document also calls for rich countries to donate at least 1 billion test kits to low- and middle-income countries, and to donate $3 billion in drugs to treat COVID-19 in 2022.
In addition, the document also calls for by the end of 2022, the private sector to fund 2 billion USD for a global strategy to increase oxygen supply.
Mr. Biden has proposed holding a separate international summit to address the COVID-19 pandemic and global vaccination next week, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
The White House said Mr. Biden will visit New York on September 21 and speak at the 76th United Nations General Assembly annual meeting. The session will be held online.