Finance and health ministers from G20 countries have said they would take steps to ensure that 70 percent of the world’s population is vaccinated against COVID-19 by mid-2022.
The ministers said they have set up a task force to explore financing options to achieve the goal and tackle future pandemics.
Finance and health ministers from the world’s 20 biggest economies (G20) said on Friday they would take steps to ensure 70% of the world’s population is vaccinated against COVID-19 by mid-2022.
They say plans are underway to create a task force to fight future pandemics.
The G20 countries could however not reach agreement on a separate financing facility proposed by the United States and Indonesia, but said the task force would explore options for mobilising funds to boost pandemic preparedness, prevention and response.
“To help advance toward the global goals of vaccinating at least 40 percent of the population in all countries by the end of 2021 and 70 percent by mid-2022 … we will take steps to help boost the supply of vaccines and essential medical products and inputs in developing countries and remove relevant supply and financing constraints,” the G20 ministers said in a statement.
The previous goal had eyed vaccinating 70% of the world’s population by the autumn of 2022.
The ministers said they were setting up the new body because the COVID-19 pandemic had exposed significant shortcomings in the world’s ability to coordinate its response.
They pledged to support “all collaborative efforts” to provide access to safe, affordable, quality and effective vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, and personal protective equipment, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.