Blinken, Japanese counterpart to galvanize international action in combatting COVID-19
: As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19’s far-reaching impacts and the emergence of new variants, US State Secretary Antony Blinken will co-host the COVID-19 Global Action Plan (GAP) Foreign Ministerial Meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa in a virtual mode on Tuesday (local time).
The meeting will further galvanize international action, measure progress, and outline necessary steps to control COVID-19 and strengthen global health security.
“Secretary of State Antony J Blinken will co-host the virtual COVID-19 Global Action Plan (GAP) Foreign Ministerial Meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa, on July 19, 2022, at 7:30 a.m. ET,” the State Department said in a statement.
The COVID-19 Pandemic Prioritized Global Action Plan for Enhanced Engagement (GAP) was launched earlier this year. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus will also attend the virtual summit.
The participants will meet to maintain progress and drive the action along the six GAP lines of effort — getting shots in arms, bolstering supply chain resilience, addressing information gaps, supporting health care workers, ensuring acute Non-Vaccine interventions and strengthening the global health security architecture.