Europe 1 with AFP 4:37 p.m., April 18, 2022

The White House announced on Monday the holding of a summit on May 12, intended to prepare for future threats related to health and in particular to Covid-19.

US President Joe Biden held a similar summit on September 22, 2021, where he advocated for stronger vaccinations around the world.

A global summit to end the Covid-19 outbreak and prepare for future health threats will take place on May 12, the White House announced on Monday.

This meeting, which will take place virtually, will be co-chaired by the United States, Germany, currently at the head of the G7, Indonesia, at the head of the G20, Senegal, at the head of the Union. Africa and Belize, at the head of Caricom (Caribbean countries).

“The summit will redouble our collective efforts to end the acute phase of the Covid-19 epidemic and prepare us for future health-related threats,” these countries said in a joint statement issued by Washington.

It will be the second global summit on the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than six million people worldwide and disrupted the global economy, since it began to spread in December 2019.

US President Joe Biden held a similar summit on September 22, 2021, where he advocated for stronger vaccinations around the world.

And today, although the death rate due to Covid has decreased significantly around the world, the spread of the virus, particularly its Omicron variant, is preventing several countries from lifting restrictions, starting with China where millions of people are always confined.

"The need for a strategy to control the Covid"

The US government, and those of the countries involved in this summit, also want to maintain the sense of urgency in the face of the epidemic.

“Ahead of the May 12 summit, we call on world leaders, members of civil society, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to make new commitments and deliver solutions to immunize the world's population, save lives now. and build better health security everywhere in the world”, adds this joint press release.

"The emergence and spread of new variants, such as Omicron, has reinforced the need for a strategy to control Covid-19," he added.

And although the Omicron variant is less dangerous, although more contagious, the countries behind this summit believe that it is essential to do everything to prevent new health catastrophes from taking the world by surprise.

“We know that we must prepare now to build, stabilize and finance the global capacity that we need, not only in the face of variants of Covid-19, but also in the face of other health crises”, they warn.

Covid-19 disease is far from endemic and can still cause "large epidemics", World Health Organization officials said on Thursday.

"We're still in the middle of this pandemic, we all wish it weren't, but we're not at an endemic stage," said WHO Covid chief Maria Van Kerkhove. .