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Belize Co-Hosts Global COVID Summit

The second Global COVID-19 Summit was co-hosted today by Belize, the United States, Germany, Indonesia, and Senegal. Countries and organizations from around the world convened to accelerate collective efforts to get shots into arms, enhance access to tests and treatments, protect the health workforce, and finance and build health security for future pandemics and other health crises. The summit was held virtually and garnered new financial commitments totaling more than three billion dollars in new funding. Two billion dollars of that pledge is for immediate COVID-19 response. Representing Belize was Prime Minister John Briceno committed to accelerating efforts to vaccinate 70% of the population by September 2022 and promote boosters for at-risk populations. Briceno told world leaders that Belize will support an extensive public education campaign to overcome vaccine hesitancy and construct a hospital to better serve community health needs and expand and provide an additional three point two million dollars to the National Health Insurance Program. Here is a portion of the Prime Minister’s presentation: