On 11 and 12 May, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will be in Italy and the Vatican. His visit will focus on overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, global efforts to foster peace and the interfaith dialogue.
A first transport plane with urgently needed goods flew to India on 1 May, carrying 120 ventilators as well as medicines to treat COVID‑19 patients. India is badly affected by the pandemic: the country is seeing over 300,000 new cases a day. Germany is providing support in this difficult situation.
Foreign Minister Maas is visiting Kosovo and Serbia today and tomorrow. His talks will focus on rapprochement between the two states, as well as on cross-border cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic and social consequences.
The virtual meeting will also address COVID‑19, the Digital Green Certificate that proves an individual has been vaccinated against the virus, and the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Latin America, like Europe, has been particularly hard hit by the COVID‑19 pandemic. The number of new infections and of deaths has risen significantly in recent weeks, especially in Brazil. The German Government is helping the country care for COVID‑19 patients by sending ventilators to Manaus.
The German Government will be providing the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-Accelerator) with an additional 1.5 billion euro of funding in 2021. Most of this sum will go to the vaccine platform COVAX, which is procuring and financing vaccines for developing countries.