Saudi G20 presidency calls for increased contributions to COVID-19 global fight

Saudi G20 presidency calls for increased contributions to COVID-19 global fight
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Updated 24 April 2020

Saudi G20 presidency calls for increased contributions to COVID-19 global fight

Saudi G20 presidency calls for increased contributions to COVID-19 global fight
  • Global Preparedness Monitoring Board has set a target of $8 billion
  • Some $1.9 billion had been donated so far by various entities

RIYADH: The Saudi presidency of the Group of 20 major economies on Thursday called for more urgent donations to fund the emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to develop needed vaccines.

In a press statement, the G20 presidency urged countries, international organizations, the private sector, philanthropic institutions, and individuals to contribute and close the funding gap. 

"COVID-19 is taking lives, separating families and threatening our economy. To fight it, funding is required immediately for emergency response, diagnostics, treatment, and the development, manufacturing, and deployment of necessary vaccines," said the statement posted on the G20 site, www.g20.org. 

Some $1.9 billion had been donated so far, way below the $8 billion target set by the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board.

Saudi Arabia, the holder of the G20 Presidency for 2020, pledged US$500 million.

“Global challenges demand global solutions and this is our time to stand and support the race for a vaccine and other therapeutic measures to combat COVID-19,” Saudi G20 Sherpa Fahad Almubarak said.
 


Saudi crown prince receives phone call from France’s President Macron

Saudi crown prince receives phone call from France’s President Macron
Updated 16 January 2021

Saudi crown prince receives phone call from France’s President Macron

Saudi crown prince receives phone call from France’s President Macron

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call from French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday.

The crown prince and president reviewed relations between the Kingdom and France and opportunities for joint cooperation during the call.

Regional and international developments, as well as a number of issues of common interest, were also discussed.