U.S. President Joe Biden intends to convene a new coronavirus summit in early 2022, national security aide Jake Sullivan told CNN.
"This is what the WHO and epidemiologists say is needed to finally defeat the pandemic. The U.S. has offered more than 1 billion doses of vaccine, and we've already given more than 225 million of them, more than the rest of the world. So President Biden brought the world together to present a plan. To follow up on these goals, Secretary of State [Anthony Blinken] will hold a follow-up event in November, and Biden will convene the world again early next year," he said (quoted by TASS).
He also emphasized that it was the U.S. president who, at the September virtual coronavirus summit, had launched the initiative to vaccinate 70% of the world's population by next September.
According to WHO, since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 248 million people in the world have fallen ill with the coronavirus, of whom more than 5 million have died. In the USA, COVID-19 was detected in 45.9 million people and more than 744,000 people died - the country ranks first in the world by these indicators.