“Hope the Roman Health Summit Declaration Lay Framework for COVID-19 Preparedness”, Says Bill Gates

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  • G20 Global Health Summit to be held in Rome
  • Co-hosted by the Italian Presidency and the European Commission
  • Bill Gates hopes for a declaration to lay groundwork for COVID-19 preparedness

World: Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates on Friday has high hopes from the joint Rome Declaration, expected to be adopted at the G20 Global Health Summit. The G20 Global Health Summit will provide principles of response to health crises, including pandemic preparedness. 

 The summit, co-hosted by Italy and the European Commission, is currently taking place in Rome.   Leaders of international and regional organizations, representatives of global health institutions and G20 leaders were invited to discuss lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and to endorse the Rome Declaration of principles, aiming to ensure equal access to vaccines and expand medicines manufacturing capacity, among other goals. 

 “I hope the Rome Declaration that will be agreed today, will provide a set of principles and actions to support pandemic preparedness, which will guide future discussions in the World Health Assembly and the G7 and G20 leaders’ summits later this year,” Gates addressed the Global Health Summit via video link. 

As per WHO, 165,069,258 infections were detected and 3,422,907 COVID linked deaths were recorded since the outbreak.

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