The official goal of the July 12 summit was to draw world leaders’ attention “to fighting COVID.” Chancellor Scholz promised US President Biden that Germany would provide even more funding “to be able to vaccinate people worldwide”.
The all-virtual summit on May 12 was attended by five countries discharged: Germany, which currently holds the G7 Presidency, the US, Indonesia as G20 Chair, Senegal for the African Union and Belize for the Commonwealth of Caribbean States (Caricom). Numerous heads of state and government also took part in the virtual meeting, as well as representatives of international organizations and non-governmental organizations. The USA organized the first international corona summit last September.
The unanimous statement, which was found in unison in the individual speeches of the participants, was that, according to various government leaders, as well as politicians from relevant ministries and spokespersons from organizations, the pandemic is not over yet. US President Joe Biden formulated in his speech:
“But, you know, there is still so much to do. This pandemic is not over.”
Chancellor Olaf Scholz stressed in his speech:
“The pandemic is not over yet. What we need is more money to fight COVID-19, more vaccinations and local production of vaccines worldwide.”
WHO President Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus varied his expression to that effect:
“Although reported cases and deaths are now declining worldwide, it is a mistake to think that this pandemic is over. The pandemic isn’t over anywhere until it’s over everywhere.”
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, warned in her speech:
“Today’s presence of leaders from around the world sends a strong signal. No issue is more important than people’s well-being. We must not be complacent. Because the pandemic is not over yet.”
The Gates Foundation with Bill Gates was also involved as a participating organization. This Foundation continues to be recognized as the largest private financial contributor to the World Health Organization. Gates resigned in his speech announced that he will initiate “a new Gates Foundation pledge of up to $125 million to fight COVID and accelerate the development of new tools.” Regarding the status quo of the pandemic, he said:
“The pandemic is not over yet. That was made even clearer to me this week when I tested positive for COVID. It is also clear that the world was not prepared for this pandemic. The good news is that we know how to prevent the next pandemic.”
Germany also wants to contribute millions to a new World Bank pandemic prevention fund in the fight against the corona pandemic. “I am pleased to be able to announce to you today that Germany will initially contribute EUR 50 million, subject to parliamentary approval,” said Chancellor Scholz in his speech to the participants. On the subject of vaccinations, he said in his speech:
“We have to acknowledge that reality has changed. In 2021 we were short on vaccines, in 2022 we have the vaccines but we are lagging behind on vaccinations.”
Also in the speech by Federal Development Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) at the second virtual “Global COVID-19 Summit” there is a reference to the fact that the federal government will provide further funds to combat COVID-19: “I am pleased that Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced earlier that Germany will also make an initial contribution of 50 million euros to set up a new fund for pandemic preparedness at the World Bank.” Schulze formulated the following on the subject of testing and data collection from citizens:
“Test results from all countries need to be better integrated into reporting channels to improve global surveillance. Genomic sequencing should be stepped up to discover new variants. And we need to promote transparency and voluntary sharing of data on COVID-19 , instead of penalizing countries that report new variants!”
Germany was the main donor to the WHO in 2020-2021. To is it[called on the WHO website:
“Total contributions from Germany increased from $359.2 million in 2018-2019 to $1 billion for the 2020-2021 biennium, making Germany the largest donor to WHO.”
The official US government website says so summing up to the virtual summit:
“Now is the time to control COVID-19 and prepare for the next pandemic. (…) Together we can contain the impact of COVID-19 and protect those most at risk through vaccination, testing and treatment. “
According to Deutschlandfunk According to US information, the participants in the summit have additional funds of more than three billion dollars (around 2.9 billion euros) promised. According to the White House, more than two billion dollars are earmarked for the immediate fight against the pandemic and 962 million dollars for a new World Bank fund for pandemic preparedness.
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