Jean-Yves Duclos. Credit: Twitter handle of Jean-Yves Duclos
Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada’s Minister of Health arrived in Berlin today for the G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting where the G7 partners will work jointly on global health issues, a news release said.
Being an advocate of international collaboration, and committed to addressing global health challenges, Canada is participating in the G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting in Berlin and the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva.
They will discuss key priorities including pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response; addressing antimicrobial resistance; tackling climate change and health problems; and strengthening sustainable global health financing.
“COVID-19 has had unprecedented social, economic, and health impacts in Canada, and around the world…Through strong partnerships, we will continue to make sure that the health of Canadians, and everyone around the globe, remains a top priority during the pandemic and beyond,” Duclos said in the news release.
For the first time, the G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting will have, this year a joint working session with the G7 Development Ministers’ Meeting and a subsequent session with the G7 Finance Ministers’ Meeting.
They will discuss equitable and sustainable access to safe and quality-assured vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics, strengthening pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response in developing countries.
Bilateral meetings with his counterparts would also be attended by Duclos to discuss these issues, as well as the health impacts and response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Standing in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, G7 countries are committed to protecting Ukraine’s health workers.
From May 22-24, Duclos will then travel to Geneva for the 75th World Health Assembly and deliver Canada’s plenary statement highlighting our continued commitment to international and multilateral engagement to protect the health and safety of Canadians.
While underscoring the importance of working together on recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, Duclos will also discuss preparing for future health threats, and prioritizing the importance of health equity and the need for prevention and health promotion initiatives more broadly.
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