“There will be no effective response to the pandemic that is not a comprehensive response.” This is what Emmanuel Macron said during the G20 video conference meeting, this Saturday, November 21.
At the meeting chaired by Saudi Arabia, the French president called on his international counterparts to show solidarity with the poorest countries, regarding future access to vaccines against Covid-19. In particular, he proposed that the greatest powers “buy doses of vaccines on behalf of least developed countries“We must jointly design a subsidy mechanism,” he explained, “for immunizing priority audiences in developing countries.”
“Will we be prepared to guarantee access to it on a planetary scale and avoid at all costs the scene of a two-speed worldWhere only the wealthiest could protect themselves from the virus and resume a normal life? “, I ask.
Better funding from WHO
The French president thus asked the G20 members to find common responses both in treatments and in financing vaccines, in particular through funding from the World Health Organization (WHO). On May 29, US President Donald Trump announced the end of US funding for the organization. which he accused of being too lenient with Beijing.
Since its appearance in China in December 2019, Covid-19 has infected more than 55 million people and killed more than 1.3 million worldwide.