Senegal, U.S. to help lead upcoming global COVID-19 summit

US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken (L) and Senegalese President Macky Sall

Senegal, the United States and several other nations will gather in May for a virtual summit to discuss an end to the COVID-19 crisis.

The summit, set to take place on May 12, will also discuss ways to deal with future upheavals. Germany, Indonesia and Belize are also taking part in the event.

This will be the second global huddle on the pandemic, which has killed more than six million people and triggered profound disruption to leading economies and trading patterns in the two years since it began to spread.

U.S. president, Joe Biden hosted a similar summit last September, at which he urged partners to surge vaccines and ensure that 70 percent of every country has been vaccinated by September this year.

And while the latest variants are less lethal, the summit statement stressed there must be a focus on stopping similar future catastrophes from taking the world by surprise.

People stand in line for a COVID-19 test at a mobile testing site in Times Square on December 28, 2021, in New York. /AFP

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