The United States is working with the international community to respond to COVID-19 and prevent future pandemics.
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken told a virtual meeting of the U.N. Security Council on February 17 that the United States is committed to working with global partners to expand vaccine manufacturing and access worldwide, including for marginalized populations.
“As President Biden has made clear, the United States will work as a partner to address global challenges,” Blinken said. “This pandemic is one of those challenges. And it gives us an opportunity, not only to get through the current crisis, but also to become more prepared and more resilient for the future.”
Blinken commended the World Health Organization’s role in leading the global fight against COVID-19 and said the United States will work with international partners to strengthen and reform the organization. The United States intends to pay over $200 million in assessed and current obligations to the WHO by the end of the month, he added.