As Americans celebrated Thanksgiving this year, the news broke that South Africa reported the detection of a new COVID variant of concern, Omicron, which is more transmissible than even the Delta variant, and has already been found in forty countries around the world.
On April 19, 2021, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, gave a press conference in which he noted both that the world can bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control within “a matter of months,” and that the number of infections globally has risen each of the last eight weeks, producing 5.2 million new cases. Much of that rise has been driven by the continued emergence of variants.
This session was a part of the 2021 U.S.-Africa Business Summit and focused on how having resilient and networked systems involves building collaborations with both public, private, and NGOs in ensuring that all gaps in the health system are addressed.
Editorial 5: Confronting the Delta Variant Requires New Directions in Vaccine Distribution, COVID Testing and Vaccine Manufacturing
The global drive to deliver COVID vaccinations continues to accelerate, driven in part by rising concerns about the delta and other variants much higher ability to infect people.
On August 5, Eric Lander, the President’s Science Adviser, announced in an editorial in the Washington Post that the White House will present a detailed plan in August to better prepare for the next pandemic.
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.”