Coronavirus: G20 leaders pledge co-operation on pandemic, COVID-19 vaccine

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    Leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies pledged co-operation as they continue to grapple with a pandemic that has resulted in the deaths of more than 1 million people globally and has devastated countries’ economies. Speaking during a two-day virtual G20 Summit, leaders stressed the importance of strengthening the World Health Organization (WHO) and implored their counterparts to make any potential vaccines accessible to countries across the globe. Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country was ready to provide its COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V, which it said last week was 92 per cent effective, to any countries that need it. G20 leaders also expressed concern that the pandemic might further deepen global divisions between rich and poor countries. For more info, please go to Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: Like Global News on Facebook HERE: Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: Follow Global News on Instagram HERE: #G20 #Coronavirus #COVID19 #GlobalNews

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