G20 Minister of Health and Economy They pledged today to vaccinate 70% of the world’s population by mid-2022 in an attempt to control the coronavirus pandemic and promote a lasting economic recovery.
This is explained in the final statement accessible to Efe, where they emphasized the “importance of moving towards the global goal of at least vaccination By the end of 2021, 40% of the population of all countries By the middle of 2022, it will reach 70%, “and” increase the supply of vaccines and basic medical products and supplies in developing countries, and eliminate supply and financing restrictions. “
The Italian Minister of Health, Roberto SperanzaHe explained in a statement to the media that “the Minister of Economy and the Minister of Health have made a strong joint commitment to strengthen investment in the health sector.”
“The lessons of Covid-19 tell us that we must be more courageous to invest in our country’s health services. Health is no longer seen as a cost, but an investment in the quality of the people,” he added.
The Minister of Economy and the Minister of Health held the first joint meeting of the G20 presidency during the Italian presidency in Rome today to prove that these two things are and must continue to be closely related in order to deal with future health emergencies with as little as possible Punish the economy.
They did this on the eve of the great summit of G20 leaders, which will be held from tomorrow to Sunday, and the President of the United States and others will attend the summit. Joe Biden, From Argentina, Alberto Fernandez, From Brazil, Jar Bolsonaro,from France, Emmanuel Macron, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel And the candidate to succeed her Social Democratic Party (SPD), Olaf Schultz.
The President of the Spanish government also went to the Italian capital, Pedro Sanchez, Because Spain is the permanent guest of honor of the G20.
The Minister of Health held the G20 meeting in September, and the Minister of Economy held four meetings this year.
In this joint appointment, they realized The pandemic exposes gaps in the health system Increasing investment is a priority, but they are also betting on strengthening the resiliency of the supply chain, increasing the distribution and management of vaccines, and local and regional manufacturing capabilities in low- and middle-income countries.
Vaccination and economic recovery
They said: “Accelerating vaccination rates around the world is still the cornerstone of economic recovery” and called on “Multilateral Development Banks to cooperate with COVAX and continue to support Vaccine acquisition and delivery“.
“There are still great differences in economic recovery between and within countries, and it hits emerging and developing economies and vulnerable populations the hardest, including the poorest families, women and girls, the disabled, the elderly and children. ,” they exclaimed.
They think it’s important Strengthen collective efforts To “prevent, detect, report and respond to future health emergencies” and advocate “timely and fair access to safe, affordable, high-quality and effective vaccines, treatments, diagnostics and personal protective equipment, especially in low-income State and media”.
The meeting also made the heads of the economic and health sectors aware that a “healthy and sustainable recovery” will be achieved when “the national health system is strengthened to make it more inclusive and resilient” and “universal access” is ensured. .
Set up a working group
The G20 health and economic departments also decided to establish a joint working group to seek to strengthen global dialogue and cooperation on future health emergencies management and effective resource management.
The aim is to hold a meeting at the end of 2021 to agree on a road map, and with the support of the World Bank, assisted by the Secretariat in the World Health Organization (WHO).