Editorial 7: Building Back Better in the White House’s Global Summit on COVID 19 Requires Including Africa
On September 23, President Biden hosted a virtual global summit on COVID 19, “Ending the Pandemic and Building Back Better.” The White House has invited 100 leaders from governments, companies and organizations to participate and commit to achieve four ambitious goals:
1) vaccinate at least 70% of the world by the time of the UN General Assembly in 2022;
2) save lives now by expanding supplies of oxygen, PPE, tests and therapeutics;
3) establishing a Global Health Threats Council to provide political leadership, backed by a Global Health Security Financial Intermediary Fund; and
4) improving accountability through common global targets and greater transparency.