President-elect Joe Biden on the Global Health Security Agenda Ministerial

November 20, 2020
Statement by President-elect Joe Biden on the Global Health Security
Agenda Ministerial
This week, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise and ministers from around
the world convene to discuss pandemic threats, the Global Health Security
Agenda (GHSA) is more important than ever. Six years ago, the Obama-Biden
White House launched the initiative and hosted the first GHSA summit at a
time when we were confronting thousands of cases of Ebola in West Africa
and the potential for explosive spread. Working with partners around the
world, we controlled that threat and saved countless lives.

Whether it’s Ebola or COVID-19, diseases do not respect borders, and the
capacity to fight them must be strong, resilient, and accessible the world
over. Preparing for these threats is both a global health priority and a
national security imperative. That’s the idea behind the GHSA — to be able
to prevent, detect, and contain an outbreak before it can become a
catastrophe. As President, I will work with our global partners, the World
Health Organization, and civil society to prioritize and strengthen the
GHSA to reduce the risk of future public health emergencies and, most
importantly, save lives.