Leaders at the Saudi-hosted G20 summit to pledge to ensure fair distribution of vaccines

SourceGulf Business
SectorHealthcare
CountrySaudi Arabia

Leaders of the world’s biggest economies will on Sunday dedicate themselves to financing equal access to Covid-19 testing, treatments and vaccines, and encourage bondholders to provide private relief to poor countries, according to a draft of their statement. Referring to medicines and vaccines, the Group of 20 will vow to “spare no effort to ensure their affordable and equitable access for all people, consistent with members’ commitments to incentivise innovation,” according to the draft obtained by Bloomberg News. “We recognise the role of extensive immunisation as a global public good.” The battle to counter the pandemic dominated the first day of a virtual summit of G20 nations on Saturday, hosted by Saudi Arabia. US President Donald Trump stayed quiet on sharing vaccines made by the country with other nations. He later told his counterparts that any American who wants the vaccine will be able to get it, and singled out US producers Pfizer and Moderna, according to officials who asked not to be named discussing the talks, which weren’t open to the press. Trump praised American leadership, claiming credit for what he said was an efficient fight against the virus and success in bolstering the nation’s economy.

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