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Leaders promise fair global COVID-19 vaccine distribution

"Family Photo" for annual G20 Summit World Leaders is projected onto Salwa Palace in At-Turaif. (Reuters)
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23 Nov 2020 03:11:18 GMT9
23 Nov 2020 03:11:18 GMT9
  • Japan’s determination to hold Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2021 lauded
  • Saudi led summit calls for support to developing countries ravaged by the crisis

Arab News

RIYADH: G20 leaders on Sunday promised to “spare no effort” to ensure the fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and medicines around the world.

The pledge came in the final statement as the G20 Summit in Riyadh, chaired by Saudi Arabia, came to a close.

The teleconference summit was attended by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and others.

Regarding the postponed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, now set for 2021, the leaders commended Japan’s determination to hold the events “as a symbol of humanity’s resilience and global unity in overcoming COVID-19.”

The leaders said they would support developing countries whose economies have been ravaged by the crisis.

The G20 also endorsed a plan to extend a freeze in debt service payments by the poorest nations.

“We are taking immediate and exceptional measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its intertwined health, social and economic impacts, including through the implementation of unprecedented fiscal, monetary and financial stability actions,” the statement said. “We recognize the role of extensive immunization as a global public good.

“We commend the Saudi Presidency for initiating discussions on the need for long-term solutions to address gaps in global pandemic preparedness and response.”

Along with tackling the pandemic, the statement called for protecting the planet and continuing to act against climate change.

“Preventing environmental degradation, conserving, sustainably using and restoring biodiversity, preserving our oceans, promoting clean air and clean water, responding to natural disasters and extreme weather events, and tackling climate change are among the most pressing challenges of our time,” the statement said.

 *With agencies and JIJI Press

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