Xi Jinping calls for a global COVID-19 'firewall' at G20 summit

G-20 Leaders Summit

"We have mobilised resources to address the immediate financing needs in global health to support the research, development, manufacturing and distribution of safe and effective Covid-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines", the draft document said.

Virtually addressing the G20 summit hosted by Saudi Arabia this year, PM Modi said, "We are focused on saving citizens, economy from pandemic".

This year's G-20 summit began Saturday with a call for world leaders to mount a united response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump's participation in the two-day meeting of the world's wealthiest nations comes on the heels of his attendance at Friday's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit via video link.

"From the very beginning, we have emphasized that we should take care of people's health and of the economy at the same time".

He said the G20 grouping should ensure the smooth functioning of the global economy.

He said Turkey is in favour of fair share of global growth within the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules but demanded a reform process of WTO.

The worldwide response to the pandemic was expected to be at the top of the agenda. "The UK has committed to equitable global access for any vaccine, and I would like to see the G20 nations collectively step up and support that effort".

"We have a duty to rise to the challenge together during this summit and give a strong message of hope and reassurance to our people by adopting policies to mitigate this crisis", he told world leaders in opening remarks. The code should be based on the global standard of QR code technology and the result of the COVID-19 nucleic acid test.

"We must first put the disease under control at home and, on that basis, strengthen exchanges and cooperation to help countries in need", he said. He also urged G-20 leaders to provide support to developing countries.

The pandemic dampened Saudi Arabia's hopes of using the event as a grand coming-out party on the world stage.

The phone call came on the eve of the G20 leaders' summit hosted by Riyadh on Saturday and Sunday.

But organizers did not abandon the traditional "family photo" of the heads of state.

The imminent change of guard in the White House also seemed to unblock bolder G20 language on climate change.

In a rare phone call since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed ways of enhancing ties with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, his office said.

G20 nations have contributed more than $21 billion to combat the pandemic, which has infected 56 million people globally and left 1.3 million dead, and injected $11 trillion to "safeguard" the virus-battered world economy, organisers said.

However, G20 leaders face mounting pressure to help stave off possible credit defaults across developing nations.

The ministers had extended a debt suspension initiative for developing countries until June next year.

Many G20 leaders have already congratulated his rival, President-elect Joe Biden.

The International Labor Organization says an equivalent of 225 million full-time jobs were lost in G-20 countries alone in the third quarter of 2020.

But some Western officials have indicated human rights will not be raised at the summit, saying they prefer to use bilateral forums to discuss the issue with the Saudi government.



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