October 20, 2021

G20: World powers meet in Rome to boost global vaccine drive | News | DW

World powers and big business met in Rome on Friday to pledge millions of life-saving coronavirus vaccines and aid to help the poorest countries beat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bill Gates, the billionaire founder of Microsoft and philanthropist, called on governments at the G20 event to stump up “dollars and doses” to help less wealthy nations ramp up their vaccination drive.

More than 80% of the first billion shots went to wealthy countries, compared to just 0.2% for low-income nations, he told delegates.

“If we do not close this immense gap, more people will die needlessly,” Gates said.

IMF plan to boost vaccine drive 

Kristalina Georgieva, the head of the International Monetary Fund, said the global lender of last resort had come up with a $50 billion plan to reboot the world economy after a year of lockdowns.

The IMF’s goal was “to help bring the pandemic substantially under…

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