G20 leaders pledge fair global distribution of coronavirus vaccine
G20 pledges to make COVID-19 vaccine available to everyone
President Trump spoke in his speech about the economic model he introduced to the United States and the empowerment of women
Participants in the virtual G20 summit on Sunday pledged to make every effort to make the coronavirus vaccine widely available to everyone.
“We will make every effort to ensure acceptable and equal access for all people [to the vaccine, tests and treatment for COVID-19],” said the final G20 communiqué, released on Sunday..
U.S. President Donald Trump, who hasn’t made a lot of public appearances since the presidential election earlier this month, again attended the meeting on Sunday..
The White House report says the president discussed the economic model he has put in place through tax and regulation cuts, promoting widespread and affordable energy sources, and negotiating trade agreements based on the principles of fairness and reciprocity..
The President also spoke about historic achievements in the United States and around the world in empowering and investing in women. Trump urged G20 members to work together to achieve security, prosperity and peace for all countries, the White House says.
Opening the summit, King Salman of Saudi Arabia called on G20 members to assure the world that they will have equal and affordable access to vaccines.
“We will strive to provide affordable and equal access to all people, in line with members ‘commitment to foster innovation,” reads a draft G20 Leaders’ communiqué before Reuters..
“We recognize the role of extensive immunization as a global public good,” the document says..
Pandemic and crisis associated with economic recession were the main topics of the first day of the two-day virtual G20 summit.
“We have a responsibility to rise to this challenge together at the summit and send a powerful message of hope and confidence,” Salman said opening the meeting..
The Saudi king spoke at a time when the number of coronavirus cases in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University, approached 58 million, and the death toll from COVID-19 was almost 1.4 million.
G20 leaders are concerned that the pandemic will widen the gap between rich and poor. In this regard, the EU called for $ 4.5 billion in a global project to provide access to tools to combat COVID-19, aimed at accelerating the development and distribution of vaccines, tests and therapies..
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged about $ 593 million. Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, while China has offered cooperation in the field of vaccines.
During Salman’s speech on Saturday, Trump made unconfirmed statements on Twitter about fraud in the US presidential election on November 3. He later went to play golf at his club in Virginia..
White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnani said the president talked about the need to work together to restore economic growth, but did not mention the US pledge to support the global distribution of the vaccine..
After Trump left the virtual meeting, US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who also attended the summit, noted in a Treasury statement that the 7-month Debt Service Suspension Initiative “is a key achievement. "The big twenty" in response to the pandemic. ” The initiative aims to help the world’s poorest countries cope with the impact of the pandemic by the middle of next year.
The Treasury Department also said in a statement that the G20 Common Framework will help the poorest countries tackle the debt problems caused by the pandemic “by coordinating sovereign debt settlement if needed.”.
This year’s summit is primarily held in virtual format for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The G20 includes Australia, Argentina, Brazil, UK, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Canada, China, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, USA, Turkey, France, South Africa, South Korea, Japan and the European Union.
According to the group’s website, they account for “about 80 percent of global production, two-thirds of the world’s population and three-quarters of international trade.”.
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