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    Next month, the United States will co-host the second global COVID-19 summit.

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    The second Global COVID-19 Summit will be co-hosted by the United States, Belize, Germany, Indonesia, and Senegal on May 12, the countries announced on Monday.

    The countries said in a joint statement that the summit will “redouble our combined efforts to terminate the acute phase of the COVID-19 epidemic and prepare for future health threats.”

    The conference comes after the first summit, which took place in September.

    The five countries are hoping to build on previous promises and “will place an emphasis on supporting locally-led solutions to both immediate and long-term concerns” this time around.

    This involves guaranteeing higher vaccine uptake, more thorough testing and treatment sharing, and greater long-term financial support to help countries prepare for pandemics.”We look forward to another successful Summit to continue the international effort in the fight against COVID-19 and to advance global pandemic preparedness,” the countries said.

    There have been over 504 million COVID-19 cases recorded worldwide, and over 6 million deaths. The US alone is nearing the grim milestone of 1 million people killed by the virus since it emerged in China in late 2019.

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