Covid19 : Joe Biden to call for global summit
US President Joe Biden is expected to call for a global summit on Covid-19 as part of a broad plan he will unveil in a speech on Thursday to rest his administration’s floundering response to the epidemic in view of surging cases and hospitalisation driven by the virulent Delta strain and vaccine hesitancy.
The summit will focus on the global Covid-19 response and vaccination distribution efforts and is likely to be held on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly meetings in the week of September 20. That will be the week Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in the United States for a meeting with Biden on September 23.
The Biden administration has notified some countries that it plans to propose the conference, one person familiar with the matter said, but has yet to send out formal invitations. It was also unclear on Wednesday whether the U.S. would make additional commitments to donate vaccine doses abroad, though the possibility was discussed in recent days.
Global health experts have criticized the administration for not taking more aggressive steps to help developing nations rapidly vaccinate front-line workers and their most vulnerable.