“The message to our fellow citizens must be very clear. Vaccines are safe. Vaccines save lives ». So the premier Mario Draghi to the seventh summit of the presidents of the parliaments of the G20 countries. “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 showing the contrary. ” Parliaments “can do a lot” to support governments «in their efforts against vaccine misinformation».
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“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 huge increase in vaccine production. Such a high number of deaths is simply unacceptable ”.
Draghi: “The recovery is still fragile and uneven”
“Parliaments have a very important role in promoting a fair and sustainable recovery”. The premier recalled that “the recovery is still fragile and uneven, also due to the different intensity in the economic policy responses to the crisis”. Parliaments “can do their part by promoting measures that relaunch investments, remove obstacles to growth and help economically the most fragile countries. We must all work together for a sustained, lasting recovery of the global economy that leaves no one behind ».
“G20 in Rome is a unique opportunity”
«The challenges we face require a strong and pragmatic multilateralism, involving governments, parliaments, civil society. The G20 Summit of Heads of State and Government in Rome at the end of October represents a unique opportunity to agree on common and effective responses ”. And then he stressed that “our work will greatly benefit” from the discussions of the P20.