On Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris told members of the United Nations that it is time for leaders around the world to begin considering what actions they will take when responding to the next global pandemic.
“At the same time that the world works to get through this pandemic, we also know that we must prepare for the next,” Harris said.
In excerpts of Harris’ remarks received by the Associated Press before the event, Harris discussed which areas of focus will be important for the United States and other countries.
“The steps include improving accessibility to health systems, investing in science, health workers and the well-being of women, and surging capacity for personal protective equipment and vaccine and test manufacturing,” The AP reported.
“We have been reminded that the status quo is not nearly good enough, and that innovation is indeed the path forward,” Harris said.
Biden’s ambassador to the U.N., Linda Thomas-Greenfield, is also scheduled to deliver remarks at the virtual event on