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The G20 promises “affordable vaccines” for the entire world population and to cover the “outstanding funding”


Sunday, 22 November 2020 – 17:55

Trump says goodbye to the summits of the 20 major powers, disqualifying the Paris agreement on climate change and calling various leaders “environmental transgressors”

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's speech is aired live at the...

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in his G20 closing speech
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The leaders of the 20 major powers on earth meeting telematically at the G20 have agreed to commit to affordable vaccines and equal access for all people on earth. In a final statement, from the Saudi presidency and the United States and China, to the European Union or Japan, they assure: “We will spare no effort to ensure your affordable and equitable access for all people, in accordance with the commitments of the members to encourage innovation. “That is, they will not be free so that the pharmaceutical companies have a profitable stimulus to continue researching, but not prohibitive.

“We are committed to addressing outstanding global financing needs, we welcome the efforts made by multilateral development banks to strengthen financial support for countries’ access to COVID-19 instruments, in line with existing multilateral efforts. , and we encourage them to do more. We recognize the role of comprehensive immunization as a good of general interest, “they add. The President of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, has requested a mobilization of 4,500 million dollars pending that the World Health Organization needs in its Act-A platform to promote vaccines.

The outgoing president of the USA, Donald Trump, has signed this statement, but has remained outside the one referred to defend the Paris agreements on climate change. In a harsh intervention broadcast by the organization, Trump says goodbye to the G20 with a harsh disqualification of the Paris agreements and several members of the club who, such as China and India, continue to be among the largest emitters of polluting gases on the planet.

“The Paris agreement was not designed to save the environment. It was designed to kill the American economy“said Trump.” I refuse to hand over millions of American jobs and to hand over billions of American dollars to the worst polluters and environmental violators in the world, and that is what would have happened. “

The American has agreed to include in the declaration a certain defense of free trade, although without involving a relaunch by the G20. “Support for the multilateral trading system is now as important as ever. We strive to achieve the goal of a free, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory, transparent, predictable and stable trading and investment environment, and to keep our markets open.” , they point out in the final statement. The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, who has attended the summit, shares the need for access to vaccines to the entire planet, like the rest of the leaders, but considers the declaration’s hymn to multilateralism insufficient, as do the rest of the European leaders.

The second session of the summit was chaired by the Saudi Crown Prince, the controversial Mohamed bin SalmnAlthough G20 leaders have generally avoided mention of the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia, which was hosting the telematics summit from Riyadh.

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