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COVID-19: G20 leaders promise fair distribution of vaccine

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

23rd Nov, 2020. 09:29 am
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 The G20 leaders in their final statement have promised a fair distribution of vaccines around the world for curing the novel coronavirus infection.

According to the details, the leaders in the Saudi Led Summit also called for support to the countries that are ravaged by economic and health crisis.

The leaders also inscribed a plan to extend support on debt service payments by the poorest nations.

Earlier on Sunday Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, in his address to the G20 heads of state, emphasized the need for continued support to the vulnerable segments of society amid the COVID-19 crisis.

He said that there is a need to increase spending on research and vaccines. “From the onset of the pandemic and in an attempt to jump-start the global response, we met in an extraordinary summit last March where we all took swift and collective actions to counter this crisis. We continue to do so,” said the King.

The king said the pandemic is a true test for global health systems, so “through the G20 presidency, we utilized a number of vital initiatives to close the pandemic preparedness and response gaps.”

He added: “During our presidency, with the support of the G20 members, we proposed the Access to Pandemic Tools (APT) initiative, which aims at ensuring a focus on sustainable preparedness and response to counter any future pandemic. We look forward to furthering this discussion and implementation during the Italian presidency next year.”

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