COVID-19 : G20 advocates online education even with COVID-19 vaccine

Saudi Arabia’s Education Minister called for online education to continue as COVID-19 vaccines have not been tested on youth

Saudi Education Minister Hamad al Sheikh advocated during the G20 summit, whose rotating presidency is held this year by Saudi Arabia, for continuing the online education because students will not be the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Nobody knows how successful vaccines will be or how effective they will be. What I know, according to the Ministry of Health, is that the vaccines will not be prepared for the students since they have not been tested with young people, but with adults, “said Al Sheikh in an information session in Riyadh on the last day of the summit. of the G20.

The Saudi minister outlined the measures his country has taken to promote online education Since last March 8, schools were closed, including the deployment of satellites so that everyone had access to classes through the Internet.

“There is a strategy where safety is the top priority. We hope and we will see, at the same time we are making more preparations for distance education “, said the minister, adding that this pandemic has created” opportunities “in the field of education.

“A new era in education has begun,” he noted.

The leaders of the member countries of the group of twenty They began their annual two-day summit on Saturday, which is held telematically due to coronavirus restrictions, with the aim of agreeing on measures to put the Economic recovery and safe and equitable access to vaccines against the disease.

On Saturday, several world leaders stressed the importance of having a system that ensures the universal access to vaccines.

The G20 is made up of Germany, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, South Korea, the United States, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Russia, South Africa, Turkey and the European Union.

In addition to Spain, a permanent guest country, Switzerland, Jordan and Singapore have also participated this year in the group’s summit.

With information from .