Kick-Off for the collaboration of the G7 health ministers

31. January 2022

This Monday, Federal Minister for Health Prof. Dr. Karl Lauterbach invited the G7 health ministers to a first joint call. Federal Minister Lauterbach presented the health-related plans for this year's G7 presidency and discussed the current omicron situation with his colleagues.

Germany commenced its G7 presidency on the 1st of January 2022. The G7 health ministers will meet in Berlin on the 19th and 20th of May.

G7 Health Ministers‘ Joint Statement

First Health Ministers‘ Call under German G7 Presidency

German Federal Minister of Health, Prof. Dr. Karl Lauterbach, today convened G7 Health Ministers for a first virtual call under the German G7 Presidency in 2022.

The German G7 Presidency begins as the global COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year. G7 Health Ministers from Canada, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety reiterated the urgency to end the pandemic, and implement lessons learned from the pandemic. The Omicron variant continues to affect all people and poses a health threat in particular to vulnerable and unvaccinated persons, thereby also further straining and emphasising the need to invest in health systems, effective international surveillance, and continued innovation for effective vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics, and their equitable access.

Minister Lauterbach also presented the G7 Health Track priorities. Alongside ending the pandemic, the German G7 Presidency will focus on tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and will address the nexus between climate change and health. A Health Ministers’ Meeting will take place on the 19th and 20th of May in Berlin.

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