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Second Global Covid-19 Summit - PM Draghi's video message

Thursday, 12 May 2022

President Biden, 
Colleagues,
It is a great pleasure to be at this Second Global Covid-19 Summit.
I would like to thank President Biden and all the organizers for hosting this important meeting.
The development of effective vaccines and the organization of successful vaccination campaigns have marked a turning point in the fight against pandemia. 
In many of our countries, we have removed restrictions, re-opened schools, restarted the economy.
We have saved lives – and we have returned to a normal life.
But – as we know all too well – the pandemic is not over.
Since the start of the year, we have had an average of 1.7 million Covid-19 cases a day worldwide.
We are still behind our shared objective of vaccinating 70% of the population in all countries by mid-2022.
The vaccination gap is closing, but the coverage rate in some countries remains below 10%.
Italy has already contributed to the multilateral response to the pandemic with 445 million euros and has already pledged 69.7 million doses via Covax. 
Today, I can announce that Italy will donate an additional 31 million doses through Covax and we are also pledging 200 million euros via the ACT-Accelerator and in order to strengthen global preparedness.
Italy’s G20 Presidency launched a Joint Finance-Health Task Force to explore a new facility to fund pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.  
It is essential to achieve a broad consensus on an inclusive Facility, with the WHO at its center, in order to ensure its effective implementation and a broad-based financing.
Italy is strongly committed to ending this pandemia and to preventing future ones.
We stand ready to continue working together – with urgency and determination.
Thank you.