The second global COVID-19 summit will be held virtually on May 12, the White House announced on Monday. “The summit will redouble our collective efforts to end the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for future health threats”, the five countries including Belize, Germany, Indonesia and Senegal.said in the statement. The summit was delayed from March after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “The emergence and spread of new variants, like Omicron, have reinforced the need for a strategy aimed at controlling COVID-19 worldwide,” the White House also said. The summit will build on efforts and commitments made at the first global summit in September, including getting more people vaccinated and sending tests and treatments to highest-risk population. Multiple aspects will be considered.
“The concept of classical herd immunity may not apply to Covid-19,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview. That “means we’re not going to be without SARS-CoV-2 in the population for a considerable period of time,”he added. The more contagious the virus, the more people have to be vaccinated to stop it from ripping through a community, according to Dr. Adam Kucharski, co-director of the Center for Epidemic Preparedness and Response at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.