Saudi Arabia: King Salman urges G20 leaders to work towards fair access to COVID vaccine

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud called on the G20 leaders to «create the appropriate conditions» to ensure access to a COVID-19 vaccine «at reasonable prices and in a fair way to all people,» during his opening speech for the G20 summit in Riyadh on Saturday. «Although we are optimistic about the progress made in developing vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics tools for COVID-19, we must work to create the conditions for affordable and equitable access to these tools for all people. At the same time, we must prepare better for any future pandemics,» King Salman said. “We have expressed our commitment during our Extraordinary Summit last March to urgently mobilise resources and we all pledged, at the onset of the crisis, over 21 billion (US) dollars to support the global efforts to combat this pandemic,” he added. Saudi Arabia is hosting the G20 which will run through Sunday. The summit is held virtually with most of the head of states unable to attend due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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