G20 Ministers Sign Rome Declaration

Leaders of the G20 have agreed to join hands to accelerate the actions to the COVID-19 pandemic for the world.

These leaders have signed the “The Rome Declaration” at an online summit of health ministers co-hosted by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and G20 chair Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

“It will not be over until all countries are able to bring the disease under control and therefore, large-scale, global, safe, effective and equitable vaccination in combination with appropriate other public health measures remains our top priority, alongside a return to strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth,” the agreement read.

“This very first G20 summit on health marks the beginning of a new chapter in global health policy,” von der Leyen said.

She said that the world leaders [are] strongly committed to multilateralism and global cooperation in health.

“This means, no export bans, keeping global supply chains open and working to extend production capacity everywhere. If we live up to these principles, the world will be better prepared for pandemics,” she told reporters.

G20 members acknowledged the need to address the funding gap of the ACT-Accelerator, a global collaboration to accelerate development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines.

“The G20 has all the means to vaccinate the world, and the world cannot wait any longer,” World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

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