MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –
The Covid-19 pandemic continues to put our societies to the test, and it is also a test for the G20: the DNA of our club is indeed to forge, in an emergency, effective multilateral solutions to the crises. In 2008, we responded to the economic and financial crisis. Today, it is up to us to respond to a health crisis that, above all, threatens the lives of millions of people. And we have a historic responsibility, I repeat: there will be no effective response to the pandemic, which is not a comprehensive, coordinated and united response.
This afternoon we discussed the early successes of the ACT-A initiative, which has raised nearly ten billion dollars since its launch. And we have indeed made impressive progress in our first goal, which was to accelerate research and production of health technologies globally. We can reasonably hope that before the end of the year a vaccine will be available, which is completely new.
But a second fight, more difficult still, must be waged. It is that of universal access to health technologies against Covid19.
When a first vaccine is put on the market, will we be ready to guarantee access to it on a planetary scale, and to avoid at all costs the scenario of a “two-speed” world, where only the most rich could protect themselves from the virus and resume a normal life? Will our strategy for allocating the first doses of vaccines be built on the basis of health emergencies and priorities, on a global scale, or on the sole purchasing power of countries? Will it be truly multilateral and collaborative, in a framework built together, or will it respond to logics of influence, financial interests, national selfishness?
The time has come to turn the conceptual approach of the “global public good” into a concrete reality.
The G20 brings together 90% of the world economy, and we have, in our territories, all the industries capable of producing health technologies against Covid19 on a scale. We will therefore be judged by the result.
We know the solutions. On the vaccine side, the COVAX facility allows us to purchase doses of vaccine on behalf of the least developed countries: US $ 4.9 billion has been raised, but further contributions will be needed. We know that, so we must continue. And I suggest that you jointly design a donation mechanism for the first doses produced by industries, or pre-reserved by advanced economies, for the vaccination of priority audiences in developing countries. The recommendations of the World Health Organization will be invaluable in ensuring prioritization that is both effective and fair.
Sharing knowledge and know-how must also be at the heart of our strategy: we must certainly encourage industrial innovation, but in times of health emergency we must also promote industrial partnerships and production with developing countries. development. Fostering research and production capacities for health technologies, including in Africa, constitutes our best protection against future pandemics. Here too, we have the tools to promote voluntary license sharing. For example, the UNITAID mechanism created by France has unparalleled experience, which has proven its worth.
We must not forget, beyond the vaccine and research, that this cooperation must also extend to treatments, and to primary health systems. Our mobilization must therefore also ensure that, as soon as treatments against the virus stabilize, they can be disseminated in the same way, shared, with the poorest countries and developing economies. all that all the efforts we could make to make vaccine doses available in these countries would be ineffective if at the same time, at the same time, we did not decide to stabilize, strengthen, sometimes rebuild their systems primary health care. And that’s why we, the G20 economies, also need to invest a lot more through our official aid and development aid, in these primary health systems, and in their reconstruction. These are the few words I wanted to say to you. We need a mobilization of all, and it is a mobilization, once again, for one of the public goods of our planet. This is the same mobilization that we know at work when it comes to fighting for the climate, for biodiversity. The launch in Paris on November 12 of the High Level One Health Expert Council is a huge step forward in this direction.
But fundamentally, among the lessons that we can draw from the moment we live, the greatest is undoubtedly that we share, more than ever, in the North and in the South, a future and common challenges. And so we must also share the solutions. We must strengthen health systems everywhere on the planet, everywhere share our resources, everywhere continue to train, train health personnel, so that our health response can meet the challenges.
This is also why France is supporting the World Health Organization, to set up a World Health Academy in Lyon, which will train health personnel from all over the world. And that is also why in the area of health, we share this multilateral agenda, which is the only fully effective one.
These are the few words I wanted to share with you. We will only be effective if we are fair. We can only be effective and fair if we are truly together. I thank the Saudi presidency for its efforts this year, I assure Italy of all my support for its presidency next year, and I wish us all to live up to this historic meeting. . And to act. Thank you.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.