RIAD / BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Chancellor Angela Merkel campaigned at the G20 summit to support the international vaccine initiative Covax and to strengthen the World Health Organization (WHO) in the fight against Corona. “If we stand together worldwide, we can control and overcome the virus and its consequences. It is worth making more effort,” said the CDU politician on Saturday in a pre-recorded video message at the virtual summit of leading economic powers led by Saudi Arabia.
A global challenge like the corona pandemic can “only be overcome with a global effort,” said Merkel, who attended the consultations in the Chancellery in Berlin together with Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD). The G20 has a special responsibility in this regard. Merkel’s remarks could also be understood as a point against US President Donald Trump, who advocates a protectionist policy of “America first” and is hostile to international organizations. / Bk / DP / fba