Doha, Apr 20: The health ministers of the world's largest 20 economies said in a statement on Monday, after a video conference which discussed the impact of COVID-19 and how the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the weaknesses in healthcare systems around the world.
"We are deeply concerned that the virus now appears to be gathering pace in countries that lack the capacity of many G20 countries to respond to it. Urgent support is needed, not only to support countries to respond to COVID-19, but to ensure other essential health services continue," the G20 health ministers said in a statement. According to the statement, G20 countries will continue to assess gaps in global preparedness for pandemics. "As the ministerial declaration recognizes, the current pandemic has highlighted weakness in health systems and global preparedness," the statement says, also saying that "we continue to fulfill our mandate to coordinate the global response, working with partners to save lives." (UNI)