“Pandemic under control, but deaths unacceptable”

“The pandemic is finally under control in many parts of the world thanks to effective vaccination campaigns. But Covid-19 continues to hit many countries hard. At the end of September, there were more than 50,000 deaths a day, despite the enormous increase in vaccine production. Such a high number of deaths is simply unacceptable. ” Thus Prime Minister Mario Draghi at the G20 of the Parliaments in the Senate.

“The European Parliament has taken many concrete steps to dispel vaccine myths and has provided guidelines for identifying fake news on digital platforms. The message to our fellow citizens must be very clear. Vaccines are safe. Vaccines save lives. The message to our fellow citizens must be very clear. Vaccines are safe. Vaccines save lives, “said Draghi.

“We face two problems. In rich countries, vaccine doses are widely available, but a minority of our fellow citizens refuse to get vaccinated, or hesitate to do so. This behavior is often due to the fear that vaccines are not safe or effective, despite the scientific evidence shows the opposite “, said Draghi, adding:” In low-income countries, however, the availability of vaccines is still limited, also due to logistical problems. More than 5.7 billion doses have been administered worldwide. , but only 2% of these arrived in Africa “.

“Parliaments can do a lot to support the global vaccination effort. You can take steps that strengthen transparency mechanisms in vaccine distribution and prevent the waste of public money on healthcare. You can also support governments in their efforts against disinformation in subject of vaccines “, then said the premier. “You have monitored the work of governments and directed the political confrontation towards constructive solutions. You have mediated between the interests of different groups – workers and entrepreneurs, young and old. You have reached difficult compromises – between freedom and security, profit and solidarity. fought for the progress of our societies and you defended the rule of law and fundamental freedoms “, explained the premier. “We have to be grateful to parliaments for what they have done – and for what they continue to do,” he stressed.

“We must all work together for a sustained, lasting recovery of the global economy that leaves no one behind,” said Draghi. ‘OECD expects the global economy to grow by 5.7% this year and 4.5% in 2022. However, the recovery is still fragile and uneven, also due to the different intensity in the economic policy responses to the crisis. advanced economies have been able to stimulate growth through very robust monetary and fiscal policy measures “.

“Poor and emerging countries have had less room to help their productive fabric. This economic divergence risks erasing years of progress in the fight against poverty and global inequalities. Parliaments can do their part by promoting measures that relaunch investments, remove obstacles to growth and help economically the most fragile countries “, he concluded.

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