G20 leaders pledged Friday to cooperate in the donation of vaccines to poor countries. This with the intention of “reducing inequality in access to coronavirus vaccines”.
The G20, chaired this year by Italy, held its health summit telematically, coordinated from Rome by host Prime Minister Mario Draghi and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
The leaders of the G20 and other states, in the presence of the heads of international and regional organizations gathered at the Global Health Summit in Rome, signed a guiding commitment, called the “Rome Declaration”, summarized in sixteen principles that not only seek to combat the current health crisis but also to avoid potential future global public health emergencies. As a preamble, they agree to defend “solidarity, equity and multilateral cooperation”.
To initiate these tasks, the countries with the greatest economic capacity announced a long list of aid and donations to the poorest countries and to the World Health Organization’s global Covax program.
For example, the European Commission announced that it will donate at least 100 million doses of the vaccine to poor or medium-poor countries. The intention is to do so before the end of the year and to promote an initiative endowed with 1 billion Euros for the production of vaccines in Africa.
For his part, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, anticipated the donation of 30 million vaccines. Angela Merkel agreed with this number and said that Germany will donate the same amount.
Donation of vaccines to poor countries
Meanwhile, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris said the United States will donate another 80 million vaccines. “The security of our world depends on what we do now, so let’s work together,” said Harris.
On the other hand, the International Monetary Fund explained that if the world economy is to be revived, investments will be necessary. For this reason, it urged the G20 to spend 50 billion dollars to guarantee the vaccination of 40% of the world’s population this year, said its managing director, Kristalina Georgieva.