G20 summit during the corona crisis: fair distribution of vaccines and debt relief for poorer countries are top issues. Angela Merkel wants to strengthen the WHO.
Update from November 21, 2020, 6:50 p.m.: Such a global challenge can “only be overcome with a global effort,” said Angela Merkel in a video published before the conference. In her address at the G20 summit, she called on the countries, the international vaccine initiative Covax and the World Health Organization (WHO) to strengthen.
Chancellor #Merkel in video message at # G20RiyadhSummit: The # G20 can provide vital support to the #Corona– contain the pandemic. If we stand together worldwide, we can master and overcome the virus and its consequences. pic.twitter.com/jJUVse1RCg
– Steffen Seibert (@RegSsprecher) November 21, 2020
Donald Trump – known to have the opposite opinion with regard to the WHO – left the video conference after just under 20 hours. And went golfing instead.
G20 summit hosted by Saudi Arabia: Corona and vaccination should become central topics
First report from November 21, 2020, 4:57 p.m.: Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) – Under the leadership of Saudi Arabia, the G20 summit of the leading economic powers begins on Saturday. Dealing with the corona pandemic is the central issue. Chancellor Angela Merkel*, Chinese Heads of State Xi Jinping, Russia’s President Wladimir Putin and – probably for the last time – probably also a US president Donald Trump* take part. It is supposed to be about the equitable distribution of Vaccines* as well as debt relief for poorer countries.
– Anne Gellinek (@a_gellinek) November 21, 2020
G20 summit: heads of state emphasize the importance of cooperation during the corona pandemic
“The pandemic has also reminded us once again that we are members of the great family of humanity, regardless of religion, language, origin or race ”, said the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in advance and stressed that Corona is the importance and responsibility of G20 have enlarged. Saudi King Salman said on Twitter that the G20, chaired by his country, had demonstrated their ability to pool efforts to mitigate the impact of the corona pandemic on the world.
تسعد المملكة العربية السعودية باجتماع قادة دول مجموعة العشرين, التي ترأست فيها بلادنا أعمال هذا العام, وأثبتت فيه المجموعة قوتها وقدرتها على تظافر الجهود; لتخفيف آثار جائحة كورونا على العالم.
كانت مسؤوليتنا – وستظل – المضي قدما نحو مستقبل أفضل ، ينعم فيه الجميع بالصحة والازدهار.
– سلمان بن عبدالعزيز (@KingSalman) November 21, 2020
G20 summit in Riyadh: China wants to work together – Donald Trump attracts disinterest
The Chinese State and party leader Xi Jinping wants China to cooperate with other countries in the research, development, production and distribution of vaccines against this Coronavirus * amplify. China wants to support developing countries by making vaccines accessible and affordable as a “public good”, said Jinping, who was connected via video conference.
In his speech he also pointed out that the role of WHO must be further strengthened. Multilateralism, openness and cooperation for mutual benefit must be maintained, said the Chinese head of state. This may also be considered a rejection of Donald’s “America First” policy Trump get ranked. The current US president had better things to do during the video conference. He tweeted again about his suspicions of election fraud in Georgia. (dpa / kat) * Merkur.de is part of the Germany-wide Ippen digital editorial network.