Leaders of the world’s richest countries are promising to ensure equality in the race to vaccinate people against the coronavirus, even as US President Donald Trump stays quiet on sharing US-made vaccines with other nations. The president told his counterparts on Saturday at a virtual G20 meet that any American who wants the vaccine will be able to get it, and singled out American producers Pfizer, whose jab has been developed along with a German company, and Moderna Inc, according to officials who asked not to be named discussing the talks, which weren’t open to the press.
Trump praised American leadership, claiming credit for what he said was an efficient fight against the virus and success in bolstering the nation’s economy. But he said nothing about granting access to American vaccines by the rest of the world. Trump’s comments stand in contrast to other leaders, many of whom spoke during the meeting of the need for fair distribution of vaccines, especially to poorer nations.
The summit communique – a copy of which was seen by Bloomberg and which the US as a member state will have agreed to – pledges to “spare no effort to ensure their affordable and equitable access for all people, consistent with members’ commitments to incentivize innovation.” It calls widespread immunisation a “global public good.”
Shortly after Trump’s remarks on Saturday he left the session – while British PM Boris Johnson was speaking – and was replaced first by treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and then White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, according to officials. Some other leaders also dropped off after giving their speeches, the officials said. Trump later departed the White House for his Virginia golf course. A US official said it was standard practice for leaders to come and go during such summits, which can go for many hours.
Source From : Times Of India