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King Abdullah II calls for combating COVID-19 repercussions: G20 Summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the 15th G-20 Leaders' Summit via video link in Beijing

"We will spare no effort to ensure their affordable and equitable access for all people", said the countries in the statement.

"We all pledged at the onset of the crisis, over 21 billion dollars to support the global efforts to combat this pandemic".

The two-day online gathering came as worldwide efforts intensify for a large-scale rollout of coronavirus vaccines after a breakthrough in trials, and for G20 nations to plug a $4.5-billion funding shortfall. Looking ahead, the global community has to be better prepared for pandemics. Through cooperation in these and many other areas, we could build a stronger defense for global ecological security. Nevertheless, with your support, we managed to rise to the challenge together.

The country, which has made some reforms in recent years to address persistent criticism about its questionable human rights record, had planned to use the summit and the resulting attention to boost its image.

Xi also said China is ready to aid other countries in need of coronavirus vaccines as the country now has five home-grown candidates in Phase III trials, Reuters reported.

The G20 leaders did acknowledge the virus would only be defeated on a global scale. Economic activity picked up after reopening began but it has been uneven.

The G20 leaders agreed to extend this program to June 2021 and strongly encouraged private creditors to take part in the initiative on comparable terms.

Leaders of world's 20 biggest economies say they would ensure a fair distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, drugs, and tests around the world so that poorer countries were not left out, according to a final summit communique.


China's President Xi Jinping speaks during a CEO Dialogue forum via video link ahead of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders summit hosted by APEC Malaysia

During the session, leaders of G20 member countries will discuss COVID-19 pandemic handling measures in the sectors of health and global economic recovery, including job market recovery, social protection, and global monetary system.

The unusual format, in place of a real-life meeting that coronavirus restrictions made impossible, has produced some awkward interactions and deprived the host nation Saudi Arabia of an opportunity to showcase itself on the global stage.

Now, I have the pleasure to pass the honor and responsibility of the 2021 G20 Presidency to the Italian Republic, wishing them every success. "To this end, we have provided emergency support to the developing countries, including the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative to low-income countries", the King added. Addressing racism requires cultural and structural changes.

"We look forward to the standard-setting bodies engaging in the review of existing standards in light of these reports and making adjustments as needed".

The UAE Vice President praised Saudi Arabia's efforts under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the follow-up of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to implement the Kingdom's Vision 2030, which is aligned with the G20's main goals of achieving macroeconomic stability, sustainable development, the empowerment of women, supporting human capital and facilitating trade and investment flows.

"Most importantly, we have succeeded in sending out a message of hope and reassurance to our citizens and all people around the world through the Final Communique of this Leaders' Summit". He also pointed out the significance of exploring ways to boost cooperation between G20 member states for the betterment of humanity by accelerating development opportunities in the post-pandemic phase.

US President-elect Joe Biden has promised to return the nation to the Paris accord and reinstate funding for the World Health Organisation cut by Mr Trump.