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We need systemic way to update vaccines as mutating Covid-19 will be with us for a long time – Putin at G20

“According to expert opinions, the coronavirus will remain a threat for a long time,” the Russian president said on Sunday while addressing G20 leaders via video link.

Putin added that more international cooperation is required in terms of mutual recognition of vaccines and immunization certificates by national governments.

“Competition that I believe to be unfair, protectionism, the unwillingness of certain states, including members of the G20” for such recognition impedes the global vaccination efforts and exacerbates inequality in vaccine access, he stressed.

He reminded members that Russia’s pioneering Sputnik V vaccine and its single-component version Sputnik Light have been successfully used in many nations to protect their populations from Covid-19. Many Western nations don’t authorize vaccinations with the Russian jab and don’t recognize immunization with it for international travel.

Global economic recovery, including in industries like tourism that were most affected by the pandemic, depends on vaccination rates and elimination of health-related red tape between nations, Putin said.

The two-day summit of the heads of the world’s 20 largest economies is underway in Rome. The leaders of China and Russia are taking part in it via a video link.

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