The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, has called on the rest of the G20 leaders this Saturday to guarantee fair, equitable and universal access to vaccines against covid-19 and full support for global efforts in the face of the pandemic led by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“We will not be safe until everyone is safe,” Sánchez stressed in his speech at the G20 summit organized by Saudi Arabia and held virtually due to the situation caused by the coronavirus.
The summit will last until this Sunday, and on the first day the leaders of the G20 countries have dedicated themselves to analyzing how to overcome the coronavirus pandemic and restore growth and employment.
In this context, as reported by the Moncloa Palace (the telematic session has been developed without public access), it is in which the Chief Executive has made his call so that when the vaccines against the coronavirus are available, they can be accessed by everyone.
After recalling that COVID-19 has already claimed the lives of more than 1.3 million people, has left millions of children without education and has condemned millions of families to poverty, Sánchez has asked the G20 for more multilateral cooperation to address common challenges and accelerate “a just, inclusive and sustainable recovery that leaves no one behind.”
For him, the G20 must continue to play a key role in addressing the economic consequences caused by the pandemic, with special attention to the most vulnerable.
Regarding debt, he welcomed the decision taken by the richest countries to extend until June 2021 the so-called “Initiative for the Suspension of Debt Service” and the adoption of the “Common Framework for Debt Treatment” .
Two initiatives promoted to help the most vulnerable countries in the face of the economic crisis.
Sánchez has also asked not to forget the risks that other developing economies have with respect to debt, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean.
In his speech, he also lamented the increase in inequality caused by the pandemic and, especially, in low-skilled workers.
For this reason, he has highlighted the importance of countries guaranteeing a decent standard of living and has called for strengthening social protection systems.
Sánchez participated in the first session of the summit (which Spain attends as a permanent guest country) accompanied by the third vice-president and Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño.
The leaders of the G20 will dedicate Sunday’s session to analyze how to build an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future, and at the end it is expected that the President of the Spanish Government will offer a press conference to take stock of the decisions taken.