Global leaders urge G20 to tackle twin health and economic crises


Letter calls for $8bn emergency fund to bolster health systems in world’s poorer countries

A group of 165 global leaders has called for immediate and coordinated international action to tackle the twin health and economic emergencies caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Past and present politicians – including three former UK prime ministers – joined academics and civil society representatives to warn the G20 that the virus will return unless urgent action is taken to bolster health systems in poor countries of Africa and Latin America.

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