China Says Ready To Boost Global COVID-19 Vaccine Cooperation

China Says Ready To Boost Global COVID-19 Vaccine Cooperation

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Leaders of the 20 biggest economies on Saturday vowed to ensure a fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, drugs and tests around the world and do what was needed to support poorer countries struggling to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Calls are mounting for the G20 to help plug a $4.5-billion funding gap in the so-called ACT-Accelerator, a mechanism led by the World Health Organization that aims to ensure access to tests, treatments and vaccines for all.

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to provide Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to other countries and said Moscow was also preparing a second and third vaccine.

Based on this, the G20 can lay the foundation of a new world, he said.

The virus originally appeared in China in 2019.

The COVID-19 pandemic, which has thrown the global economy into a deep recession this year, and efforts needed to underpin an economic rebound in 2021, were at the top of the agenda.

The unusual format, in place of a real-life meeting that coronavirus restrictions made impossible, has produced some awkward interactions, and deprived the host nation Saudi Arabia of an opportunity to showcase itself on the global stage. China has three vaccines of its own in development, undergoing Phase III trials, Reuters reported.

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In a statement, the White House said Trump highlighted to his fellow world leaders at the G-20 summit that the USA had "marshaled every resource at its disposal to respond to the crisis".

"We have mobilised resources to address the immediate financing needs in global health to support the research, development, manufacturing and distribution of safe and effective Covid-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines", they said in the statement.

Earlier at the G20 leaders' side event on safeguarding the planet, Xi pledged that China will make more efforts to tackle climate and other environmental challenges and protect the planet. The Summit will be chaired by The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and attended by Head of State of G20 members and guest countries, and Heads of International Organizations.

Modi also said that "Work from Anywhere" is a new normal in the post-COVID world and suggested the creation of a virtual G20 secretariat.

Many of his fellow G20 leaders have already congratulated his rival, President-elect Joe Biden.

Saudi Arabia's human rights record has cast a shadow on the gathering, as campaigners and families of jailed activists launch vigorous drives to highlight the issue.

But some Western officials have indicated human rights will not be raised at the summit, saying they prefer to use bilateral forums to discuss the issue with Riyadh. Human Rights Watch said the summit was "a mark of worldwide prestige for the government of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman but it helps the Saudi government deflect from its image as a pervasive human rights violator".

The communique offered no details however on how the effort will be funded.

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