Harris to tell UN body it’s time to prep for next global pandemic

Harris to tell UN body it’s time to prep for next global pandemic
Vice President Kamala Harris. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: US Vice President will make the case before United Nations members on Monday that now is the time for world leaders to begin putting the serious focus into how they will respond to the next global pandemic.

The virtual address, Kamala Harris’ second to a UN body since her inauguration to the office, will come as the US makes progress on vaccinating its population and much of the world struggles to acquire vaccines.

Harris will say at the UN: “At the same time that the world works to get through this pandemic, we also know that we must prepare for the next,”

The speech will be co-hosted by UN permanent representatives of Japan, Norway, Argentina and South Africa.

This week, the Biden administration will mark its first 100 days in office. President Biden is scheduled to address the US Congress on Wednesday and is certain to highlight the headway his administration has made in responding to the worst public health crisis in the US history in more than a century.

Harris will broadly outline how the administration thinks the United States and other nations should consider focusing their attention to the next global pandemic. The steps include investing in science, improving accessibility to health systems, health workers and the well-being of women, and surging capacity for personal protective equipment and vaccine and test manufacturing.

The US Vice President says much has been learned over the last year about coronavirus pandemic preparedness and response but that it would be unwise to rest easy.

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