The Chancellor of Germany spoke at the G20 summit, which is held under the auspices of Riyadh in video format.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for closer international cooperation to ensure access to coronavirus vaccines. She made a statement to this effect on Saturday, November 21, at the G20 Summit, which is taking place in online format.
“To contain the pandemic, vaccines must be available and accessible for each country. The funds allocated for this are not enough… We need reliable funding, more effective cooperation and independence in decision-making,” she said. The international campaign aims to make 2 billion doses of the vaccine available by the end of 2021. “Almost $5 billion (4.2 billion euros) has already been raised for this initiative. Germany’s contribution is over 500 million euros,” Merkel explained.
This includes the global COVAX mechanism, which aims to provide countries with equal access to safe and effective vaccines after their licensing and registration. This initiative is jointly coordinated by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI), the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The goal of COVAX is to distribute safe and effective vaccines to participating countries in proportion to their populations by the end of 2021. To date, 172 countries have joined COVAX, including China – but not the United States.
G20: fighting a pandemic, financial crisis, climate change
The fight against the pandemic, the international economic crisis and climate change were the main topics of the G20 Summit, which is held on 21-22 November under the chairmanship of Saudi Arabia.
The forum was opened by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. He also spoke out for even distribution of vaccines and making them affordable for developing countries.
US President Donald Trump is also attending the summit. Washington earlier announced its withdrawal from WHO, which is officially scheduled for July 2021. The head of the White House accuses the World Health Organization of late informing about the real threat of coronavirus and being influenced by China.
“The G20 is an informal group of major economically developed and developing countries that has existed since 1999. According to some experts, Riyadh is trying to take advantage of the current G20 presidency to improve the country’s image in the world.