New Delhi: As the leaders of the G-20 nations held a meeting through video conferencing on plans to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called for empowering the World Health organisation (WHO) to develop effective vaccines to deal with global pandemic. Also Read - G-20 Countries to Inject $5 Trillion Into Global Economy to Combat COVID-19: Report
“Empowering of WHO necessary for development of effective vaccines to deal with global pandemics,” PM Modi said at G-20 video conference. Also Read - Lockdown Day 2 Updates: Total Cases in Maharashtra Rise to 130, 35 Private Labs Given Nod to Conduct COVID-19 Tests
He also said that the G-20 should work together to reduce economic hardships arising out of COVID-19 pandemic. Here are top developments of the virtual summit. Also Read - ‘Looking Forward For Productive Session on Thursday,’ Says PM Modi Ahead of G-20 Virtual Summit
1) PM Modi said, “Let’s put human beings rather than economic targets at centre of our vision for global prosperity, cooperation.”
2) At G-20 summit, PM Modi pitched for developing more adaptive, responsive, affordable, human healthcare system to be deployed globally.
3) PM Modi also called for sharing freely and openly medical research for development of humankind.
4) There was appreciation among the G-20 leaders that India not only played a role at the regional level but also at the global level to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
5) Sources said that no leader tried to define the timeline of the pandemic as its length could not be defined. Discussions were held on developing more effective and faster diagnostic kits and how to make them available quickly.
6) PM Modi said COVID-19 has offered an opportunity to look at a new concept of globalisation. One that also focuses on humanity, climate change, and terrorism other than economic and financial aspects.
7) PM Modi during the virtual summit made a point that the forum has become a platform to address financial and economic issues.
8) PM Modi urged the G-20 leaders to come out with a plan putting the focus on human lives. He also urged them for a plan to reduce the hardships faced by economically weaker sections of society, strengthening WHO and mitigating economic hardships.
9) Heads of International Monetary Fund (IMF), United Nations (UN), and World Health Organization (WHO) also spoke at the beginning of the summit. Moreover, it was decided that G-20 will come out with an action paper on COVID-19.
10) Ahead of the summit, news reports on Thursday evening surfaced that $5 trillion will be injected into the global economy by G20 countries to combat COVID-19.
11) This time, G-20 virtual summit is being be chaired by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The prime objective of the summit is to advance a coordinated global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its human and economic implications.