9/23, 2:34 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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COVID-19 continues to overpower us - Blinken

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned the coronavirus "continues to overpower and outmaneuver us" as he argued it is still "spreading at its fastest rate yet in many places." Speaking at a COVID-19 summit, he stressed the importance of vaccinating 70% of the population "in every country, in every major category, by 2022."

Blinken also urged world leaders to address issues such as shortages of oxygen, tests, and protective equipment in developing nations, as well as to "establish the lasting leadership and sustained financing to fight this pandemic and prevent the next one." He announced he will convene foreign ministers before the end of the year "to make sure that we’re following up on commitments made at this summit," while US President Joe Biden will meet with heads of state on this issue in the first quarter of 2022.

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