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Indonesia and the United States have asked the G20 to develop a pandemic prevention system


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The US and Indonesia called for the creation of a forum to prepare for future pandemics on Tuesday, encouraging members of the Group of 20 top countries to take advantage of a chance this month to plan for an international response system.


Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati stated in a joint statement that an upcoming meeting of health and finance ministers at the G20 summit in Rome will provide a political window to act to prevent the next infection from becoming a pandemic.

 

"We must not miss this opportunity to show leadership by taking bold action," they urged.


"We've all experienced firsthand the devastating human and economic costs of this borderless, merciless pandemic.
While we are making success against COVID-19, we must equally accept the truth that this is not the last pandemic."


According to Reuters data, COVID-19 has killed 5.2 million people and infected 244 million individuals over the world.
The United States and Indonesia, both of which have similar population sizes, have been among the worst-affected countries in their respective regions.

 

The United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Russia, Brazil, China, Germany, Canada, Australia, and South Korea are among the members of the G20.


According to the joint statement, the pandemic revealed a lack of country readiness and inadequate international coordination, necessitating the creation of a worldwide framework for detection, prevention, and information exchange to support the World Health Organization's work.

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