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G20: Equal Access to Vaccines is Key to Overcoming Pandemic

G20: Equal Access to Vaccines is Key to Overcoming Pandemic

Thursday, 17 September, 2020 - 17:30

Equitable and affordable access to vaccines for all is key to overcoming the coronavirus pandemic and supporting the global economic recovery, the G20 Finance and Health ministers said on Thursday.

"We will continue to use all available policy tools to safeguard people's lives, jobs and incomes, support the global economic recovery, and enhance the resilience of health and financial systems, while safeguarding against downside risks," the ministers said in a statement following a joint meeting under the Saudi G20 leadership.

They pledged to “work together to lay the foundation for targeted actions to help respond to the most immediate challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure that the world is better prepared to curb the impact of future health-related crises in line with One Health Approach.”

Furthermore, they said they “will integrate the economic risks of pandemics, drug resistant infectious diseases, noncommunicable diseases and high-impact tail risks more systematically into the G20’s global risk monitoring and preparedness.”

The statement added that an action plan will be presented at the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in October and to the G20 leaders' summit in November.

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