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11/21, 6:45 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Merkel: G20's role in combating crisis crucial

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed on Saturday that the Group of 20 (G20) had a "crucial responsibility" in combating the coronavirus pandemic and the economic crisis caused by it.

The chancellor warned of "economic and social consequences" that "are taking a toll on us" as the pandemic had "acquired a completely new profile." She noted the situation "can only be overcome with a global effort."

Merkel expressed her support for COVAX, an international initiative aimed at finding and providing a vaccine against COVID-19, and added the goal was to produce two billion doses of jabs by the end of 2021. "Every country needs to have access and be able to afford the vaccine," she concluded.

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