G20 health, finance ministers meet to discuss pandemic fund 

Health and finance ministers from the G20 group of the world’s major economies are meeting in Indonesia to discuss the details of a permanent fund to prepare for future pandemics.

Part of the discussion is the Financial Intermediary Fund, a financial arrangement involving public and private resources.

They will discuss the topics about enhancing global health resilience, strengthening coordination and collaboration between finance and health, and establishing a multilateral funding mechanism to close the financing gap for pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response (PPR).

Nadia Tarmizi, Indonesian Health Ministry spokeswoman said five countries and the European Union had already pledged $1.1 billion to it.

She said the goal was for all G20 countries to pledge contributions for a total of 15 billion U.S. dollars.

Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organisation (WHO) issued a warning to countries not to be complacent about the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the risks of dangerous new variants remained real. “It is ‘misguided’ to think the pandemic is over,” he said.

Ghebreyesus said the WHO remained very concerned that the lack of testing and sequencing is blinding us to the evolution of the virus.

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