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Joint Japan/United States COVID-19 Global Action Plan Foreign Ministerial Meeting

July 15, 2022

On July 19, commencing at 20:30 (JST), Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa will co-host the COVID-19 Global Action Plan Foreign Ministerial Meeting with the Honorable Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States of America in an online format.

  1. The meeting will be held as a follow-up to the Global COVID-19 Summit hosted by the U.S. President Biden (held in September 2021 and May 2022), the Foreign Ministerial Meeting convened by the U.S. Secretary of State Blinken in February this year, and the COVID-19 Pandemic Prioritized Global Action Plan for Enhanced Engagement (“GAP”). The meeting aims at sustaining and further developing political will towards the end of acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and to strengthen preparedness for future health security threats.
  2. The meeting will be attended by the foreign ministers and representatives from countries, regions and international organizations, including Minister Hayashi, the U.S. Secretary Blinken, and Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). The participants will meet to maintain progress and drive action to address the six GAP lines of effort: (1) Getting Shots in Arms; (2) Bolstering Supply Chain Resilience; (3) Addressing Information Gaps; (4) Supporting Health Care Workers; (5) Ensuring Acute Non-Vaccine Interventions (Test and Treat); and (6) Strengthening the Global Health Security Architecture.

    Public portions of the Ministerial will be streamed on the official website of the U.S. Department of StateOpen a New Window at 20:30 (JST) / 07:30 EST on July 19.

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