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Putin uses G20 appearance to propose global strategy to counter COVID pandemic, says virus here to stay & will be long-term threat

The world's leading nations need a working mechanism for both efficiently updating vaccines against Covid-19 as the virus mutates and recognizing each other’s jabs, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the G20 summit on Saturday.

“According to expert opinions, the coronavirus will remain a threat for a long time,” Putin explained via video link.

Considering that this virus continues to mutate, we should implement mechanisms for systemic and timely update of vaccines.

Putin added that more international cooperation is required in terms of mutual recognition of vaccines and immunization certificates by national governments.

“Competition that I believe to be unfair, protectionism, the unwillingness of certain states, including members of the G20” for such recognition impedes the global vaccination efforts and exacerbates inequality in vaccine access, he stressed.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has a major role to play as well, Putin added. “It’s crucial for the WHO to speed up the process of prequalification of new vaccines and therapeutics, i.e. the evaluation of their quality, safety and efficiency,” he said.

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