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Indonesia's Widodo seeks to cure vaccine disparity at G-20

Indonesian president resumes overseas visits after nearly 2-year hiatus

An Indonesian college student receives a COVID-19 vaccine on Sept. 14. President Widodo will address disparities in global vaccine distribution at the G-20 Summit.   © Antara Foto / Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo wants to have a big say in addressing the needs of developing and poor countries regarding health and climate issues at the upcoming Group of 20 summit and the United Nations' COP26 climate conference.

The president departed for Rome on Friday morning to address G-20 leaders over the weekend, when he will highlight issues ranging from the global economy and health to climate change and sustainable development. It will be Widodo's first visit abroad since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.

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