G-20 Summit Opens With Calls For United Response To Pandemic

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European Council President Charles Michel, on screen bottom, participates in a virtual G-20 meeting, hosted by Saudi Arabia, at the European Council building in Brussels on Saturday.

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A day ahead of the summit, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said another $28 billion would be required to mass manufacture, procure and distribute coronavirus vaccines around the globe.

Guterres called on G-20 nations to join the international initiative to distribute vaccines worldwide, called COVAX. President Trump declined to join COVAX. President-elect Joe Biden has not said whether he will join it.

In a statement, the White House said Trump highlighted to his fellow world leaders at the G-20 summit that the U.S. had «marshaled every resource at its disposal to respond to the crisis.»

  • coronavirus pandemic
  • G-20

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