G20 leaders vowed on Sunday to ‘spare no effort’ to ‘ensure affordable and equitable access’ to vaccines, tests and treatments for Covid-19 for ‘all people’. The closing declaration statement reflected worries that the pandemic could further deepen global divisions between rich and poor.
The Coronavirus pandemic and an uncertain economic recovery were at the core of the two-day online G20 summit under the chairmanship of Saudi Arabia, and which will hand the G20 presidency to Italy next month.
‘We, the G20 leaders,’ the closing declaration statement read, ‘stand united in our conviction that coordinated global action, solidarity, and multilateral cooperation are more necessary today than ever to overcome the current challenges and realize opportunities of the 21st century for all by empowering people, safeguarding the planet, and shaping new frontiers. We are committed to leading the world in shaping a strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive post-Covid-19 era.’
Specifically on the Covid-19 pandemic, the statement said that ‘its unprecedented impact in terms of lives lost, livelihoods and economies affected, is an unparalleled shock that has revealed vulnerabilities in our preparedness and response and underscored our common challenges.’
G20 nations vowed to ‘work to protect lives, provide support with a special focus on the most vulnerable, and put our economies back on a path to restoring growth, and protecting and creating jobs for all.’
With regards vaccines, tests and treatments, the G20 leaders said, ‘We will spare no effort to ensure their affordable and equitable access for all people.’
The G20 meeting was held by video link during two days, with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman saying in his closing remarks that the leaders had ‘adopted important policies that will achieve recovery all the way to an economy that is resilient, sustainable, inclusive, and balanced’.
The G20 leaders also endorsed a plan to extend a freeze in debt service payments by the poorest countries to mid-2021. Click here to read to read the full declaration.
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