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Joint Statement from Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra – United States Department of State

Under the leadership of President Biden, the United States has coordinated global efforts to end the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure that the international community is better prepared to respond to the next pandemic.

Consistent with our longstanding commitment to global health and security, the United States has worked closely with our allies and partners to help protect the world from biological threats, including infectious disease outbreaks. Our first responsibility is to protect the lives and livelihoods of the American people and the security of our country. We can only do this effectively if we prevent, detect and stop outbreaks before they reach our shores.

This is why we are working constructively with the global community to negotiate an international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response. The proposals put forward by the United States would help ensure the health and well-being of the American people, as well as people around the world, while protecting them from the social and economic upheaval caused by future pandemics, as the world l experienced with COVID-19.

America’s commitment to protecting lives around the world is firm and unwavering. PEPFAR, one of our country’s most important global investments, has saved 25 million lives. During the West African Ebola outbreak that began in 2014, the United States supported the accelerated development of critical vaccines, treatments, and diagnostics, and since that outbreak ended in 2016, we We continued to ensure that African countries have rapid access to medicines. during each Ebola epidemic. We are improving global coordination, investing in countermeasures, and addressing emerging challenges like antimicrobial resistance.

The proposals we have put forward underline our commitment to working together, with the international community, to prevent health crises like COVID-19 from happening again.

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