G20 leaders issue pledge to do 'whatever it takes' on coronavirus squib

Leaders agree unspecific and uncontroversial communique after two-hour video summit

G20 leaders have committed to do “whatever it takes” to minimise the social and economic damage of the coronavirus pandemic, in a largely unspecific and uncontroversial joint communique issued after a video conference call.

In a two-hour meeting the leaders agreed to assess gaps in pandemic preparedness and increase funding for research and development in vaccines and medicines, an area in which the G20 has shown an interest in the past.

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