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G-20 urges more vaccines for developing countries to reach 70% goal

Finance and health ministers create new task force for pandemic preparedness

A student receives a dose of the Chinese-made Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine in Caracas on Oct. 27.   © Reuters

ROME -- Finance and health ministers from the Group of 20 economies on Friday called for increasing the supply of COVID-19 vaccines for developing nations to reach a goal of vaccinating 70% of the world's population by mid-2022.

Global disparities in COVID-19 access threaten to leave developing nations behind in an uneven and unsustainable economic recovery from the pandemic, officials warned here. They also established a new task force for finance and health authorities to cooperate on pandemic preparedness and responses, with the first meeting to be held as early as this year.

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