President Vladimir Putin today offered the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the Covid-19 pandemic to countries in need, by intervening in an online summit of the Group of 20 (G-20), under the presidency of Saudi Arabia.
Safe and effective vaccines should be a common good and available to all. In that sense, Russia is willing to supply its drugs against Covid-19 to the needy states, Putin declared in the aforementioned forum, in a videoconference regime.
In that case it is Sputnik V, the first vaccine against Covid-19 registered in the world. In addition, the second Russian vaccine is ready, the EpiVacCorona, produced by the Siberian scientific center Vektor, the head of state clarified.
The scale of the pandemic, with more than 55 million cases, forces all available resources and creations to be put into operation. The common objective of the states is to create a portfolio of vaccine proposals and guarantee a safe protection of the planet's population, he estimated.
Putin pointed out that there is work for everyone. "I believe that in this case competition may be inevitable, but we must start from humanitarian perceptions and have that objective as the most important premise," he said.
On the other hand, the Russian head of state considered unprecedented the dimension of the problems caused by covid-19 that humanity faces in 2020. The pandemic, global confinement and the paralysis of commercial activity originate a systemic global economic crisis, which the world today was unaware of since the time of the Great Depression, he commented.
The head of state stressed that the pandemic caused the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives and millions of people lost their jobs around the world. The main risk remains the great mass of unemployed with the consequent increase in poverty and social impoverishment, he said.
No more penalties
“Our countries have put together an economic stimulus package for the global economy that amounts to $ 12 trillion in total. And now the American president was only talking about the efforts of the United States. In fact, this is a very large contribution to the recovery of the US economy and therefore to the recovery of the world economy, ”Putin declared at the G20 summit.
In addition, he called for curbing protectionism, abandoning the practice of unilateral sanctions and resuming supply chains.
"It is necessary to fight to stop protectionism, abandon the practice of sanctioning unilaterally and resume supply chains," Putin said.
The president recalled that this issue also It was proposed at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC).
“Overall, the G20 should continue to seek common approaches to reform the World Trade Organization in line with contemporary challenges.
The dignitary urged to use the current crisis as an opportunity to change the trajectory of global development, preserve a favorable environment and climate, guarantee equal conditions for all countries and peoples, and strengthen effective cooperation mechanisms.
The G20 is made up of: Germany, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, South Korea, the United States, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Russia, South Africa, Turkey and the European Union.
With information from Prensa Latina and Sputnik