Coronavirus pandemic

G-20 launches initiative for health tools

RIYADH • The Group of 20 (G-20) rich and emerging economies yesterday launched an international initiative to accelerate access to health tools needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The Finance Minister of Saudi Arabia, the current G-20 chair, said the group is still working to bridge an estimated US$8 billion (S$11.4 billion) funding gap to combat the pandemic.

"The G-20 will continue reinforcing global cooperation on all fronts, and most importantly, on closing the immediate health financing gap," Mr Mohammed al-Jadaan said in a statement launching the Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator initiative.

He added that "the international community is still facing extraordinary uncertainty about the depth and duration of this health crisis".

Saudi Arabia earlier this month pledged US$500 million to support global efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

In the statement yesterday, Riyadh repeated its call to all countries, non-governmental organisations, philanthropists and the private sector to help close the financing gap.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 27, 2020, with the headline 'G-20 launches initiative for health tools'. Print Edition | Subscribe