(CNN)US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Sunday urged G20 leaders to step up vaccine-sharing support as the Delta coronavirus variant spreads and countries race to vaccinate as many as possible.
“We are concerned about the Delta variant and other variants that could emerge and threaten recovery. We are a connected global economy; what happens in any part of the world affects all other countries,” Yellen said in Venice, Italy. “We, therefore, recognize the importance of working together to speed the process of vaccination and have the goal of wanting to vaccinate 70% of the world’s population next year.”
Yellen, who was in Venice over the weekend meeting with G20 finance ministers and Central Bank Governors to discuss economic recovery, said they discussed how countries to work together to address global challenges, including ending the pandemic through “more equitable vaccine distribution worldwide and more fiscal policy support where feasible.”
“In addition to finance, the international community must do more to fill near-term gaps
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