RIYADH | The pandemic of novel coronavirus revealed “deficiencies systemic” health services around the world, said on Monday the G20, without mentioning the United States ‘ decision to suspend their funding to the world Health Organization (WHO).
The Health ministers of the 20 countries with the most developed economies were held Sunday, a virtual meeting, hosted by saudi Arabia, is currently head of the G20, an organization that has been the subject of criticism for his silence original about the pandemic.
“The ministers of Health have recognized that the pandemic of the COVID-19 had highlighted systemic weaknesses in the health services,” they said in a joint statement, issued in the night, at the end of the meeting.
“It has also revealed vulnerabilities in the ability of the international community to prevent and respond to threats of pandemic,” he wrote.
The ministers stressed the need to improve the effectiveness of health systems through the sharing of information, according to their press release.
But the G20 did not mention the decision last Wednesday, the american president Donald Trump to suspend the funding of the WHO, whom he accuses of having failed in its management of the pandemic and to have had positions that are too favorable to Beijing.
In 2019, the United States contributed $ 400 million to the financing of the united nations agency.
This is not the time to reduce the funding” of the operations of the WHO, has responded to the secretary-general of the united nations, Antonio Guterres, saying that the organization was “absolutely essential” in the fight against the new coronavirus.
The pandemic has claimed more than 164 000 deaths worldwide, of which nearly two-thirds in Europe, since its appearance in China in December, according to a report drawn up by AFP from an official source Sunday.
More than 2 363 210 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed in 193 countries and territories.
Billions of people are confined or expected to remain in their homes in many countries that have imposed measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus affecting severely the economy.