A year after launching the COVID-19 Global Action Plan (GAP), Secretary Blinken will host a fourth and final Ministerial on February 8 to conclude the work of the GAP focused on the acute needs of the pandemic, identify remaining barriers, and look towards the future to promote collaboration on preventing, detecting, and responding to the next global health threat.
The GAP expanded global COVID-19 response activities and built on the progress partners were making to end the acute phase of the pandemic. The ministerial will review the GAP’s accomplishments and assess the political channel created by the GAP and its added value to pandemic response. Health security is national security, and foreign ministers and regional and international organization representatives play a critical role in addressing health threats. The Secretary has proposed a new Bureau of Global Health Security and Diplomacy at the Department of State, in recognition of the need to ensure that U.S. diplomacy is elevating and working to advance these shared global challenges.
The United States and its partners around the world have made progress in ending the acute phase of the pandemic but recognize there is more to be done. The heightened interest in health security as a foreign policy concern offers a window of opportunity to organize politically to support efforts to protect our collective global health and health security
The entire Ministerial will be streamed live on the Department homepage at 8:00 EST on February 8, 2023. For more information contact the COVID Response and Health Security Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.