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G20 summit on global vaccination policy: Putin offers “Sputnik V”

Putin speaks of the second and third vaccine

China’s President Xi also called for international cooperation to make international travel easier in the corona crisis. China will come up with a proposal on how travelers with digital health codes could prove they tested negative. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin offered the Sputnik V vaccine, which was developed in his country, and emphasized that the researchers are in the process of developing a second and third corona vaccine. Merkel and France’s President Emmanuel Macron, in turn, called for greater financial support for the existing international Covax initiative, which is also supposed to make corona vaccines available to developing countries.

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, asked the G20 states to guarantee a “fair distribution” of corona vaccines worldwide. This is the prerequisite for containing the pandemic and for a faster recovery of the global economy. The G20 countries, which represent two-thirds of the world’s population and 80 percent of the global economy, have a special responsibility, he said, according to the speech distributed by the WHO.

In excerpts from a draft final declaration, the group will do everything possible to contain the pandemic and protect lives, jobs and incomes. At the same time, the 20 industrialized and emerging countries are warning that the global economic recovery will remain “unbalanced, highly uncertain” and involve “increased downside risks”. Some poorer countries may need more extensive debt relief. The pandemic hits the weakest in society the hardest.

The presidents of international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or the World Bank also take part in the deliberations.

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