February 27, 2024

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Putin urges mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccines among G20

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MOSCOW, Oct 31 — Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed that the Group of 20 (G20) countries should resolve the problem of mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination certificates as soon as possible.

Not all countries in need can obtain access to vaccines and other vital resources due to unfair competition, protectionism, and a lack of mutual recognition of vaccines Putin said thru a video at the first session of the 16th G20 Leaders’ Summit.

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He also called on the G20 members to develop mechanisms for a systematic and prompt update of vaccines given the fact that the coronavirus continues to mutate.

Putin stressed the importance of increasing international cooperation in healthcare and accentuated the role of the World Health Organisation, saying that steps that would infringe upon its prerogatives are unacceptable. 

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