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President Biden waves a mask during remarks last week about the nation's COVID-19 vaccination effort. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The Biden administration is planning a first-of-its-kind, global leader-level summit focused on ending the COVID-19 pandemic and preparing for future pandemics, sources familiar with the discussions tell Axios.

Why it matters: The summit is meant to rally the international community to step up its pledges for vaccine distribution and public health resources as the Delta variant surges. It will be held virtually during next month's U.N. General Assembly.

The details: The sources tell Axios the administration is working in coordination with NGOs to plan the meeting.

  • Biden will participate alongside other national leaders, international, philanthropic and non-governmental organizations.
  • This year's UNGA will begin on Sept. 14, and the first day of the high-level General Debate will be held the following week.

The backdrop: Countries across the globe — including the United States — are enacting new pandemic restrictions to mitigate the effects of the highly contagious Delta variant.

  • Biden promised on the campaign trail that the United States would be a global leader in the fight against COVID-19 under his leadership.
  • His administration committed to donating 500 million vaccine doses globally, while the G7 members have pledged to donate an additional 1 billion doses.

Go deeper: The administration's own handling of the Delta surge, however, has left Americans confused and frustrated.

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Oct 22, 2021 - Health

Illinois mandates daycare workers to receive COVID vaccine or weekly testing

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a round table discussion with high school students in October 2018. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) announced Friday that all daycare workers in the state will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or or submit to weekly testing.

Driving the news: Pritzker said he was issuing the requirement to protect "babies, toddlers, and young children not yet eligible for the vaccine."

Oct 22, 2021 - Health

CDC director: U.S. may change definition of "fully vaccinated" as boosters roll out

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. Photo: Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday the U.S. "may need to update" its definition for what it means to have full vaccination against COVID.

The big picture: The CDC and the FDA have officially approved boosters with every authorized vaccine in the U.S. for people who meet specific requirements. Walensky explained that since not everyone is eligible for a booster, the definition has not been changed "yet."

Mike Allen, author of AM
1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Fauci fires back at Rand Paul for slam on tonight's "Axios on HBO"

Responding to charges by Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday's "Axios on HBO," NIAID director Anthony Fauci told "ABC This Week" that it's "molecularly impossible" for U.S.-funded bat virus research in China to have produced COVID-19.

Why it matters: The issue 0f Wuhan research was reignited on the right last week with a National Institutes of Health letter to Congress disclosing more about the research.