The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, has attended today’s virtual COVID-19 Global Action Meeting at the invitation of the US Secretary of State, Blinken. The meeting was organised by the United States to involve key partner countries in the Global Action plan for Enhanced Engagement. The aim of the plan is to help achieve the goal of vaccinating 70% of the world’s population by the end of September 2022 through concrete initiatives.
In his presentation, Di Maio noted that support for the health sector has traditionally been a priority for Italian Cooperation, with over 40 million euro allocated in Africa and the Middle East in 2021. The Minister pointed out that Italy also performs these cooperation activities through partnerships with Italian civil society organisations and local partners.
In expressing his support for Secretary of State Blinken’s initiative, Minister Di Maio said that Italy was willing to take on the coordination of one of the lines of effort, specifically support for health care workers. It would do this through training and capacity-building initiatives and education, and by encouraging the participation of communities, influencer groups and the media. Italy intends in this way to continue its input to achieving the goal of vaccinating 70% of the world’s population by mid-2022, in line with the commitments set out in the G20 Rome Leaders’ Declaration.