New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday pitched for developing a new crisis management protocol to deal with global health crisis, urging the Group of 20 nations to work towards addressing shockwaves triggered by the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed the lives of over 21,000 and affected more than 4,70,000 across the world.

Addressing the G20 summit PM Modi urged the world leaders to come out with a concrete action plan to fight the outbreak, saying human beings rather than economic targets should be put at the centre of its vision for global prosperity and cooperation.  

The G20 video conference, which was held to discuss ways to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, also decided to donate over USD 5 trillion into the global economy to counter the social and economic impact of COVID-19.

There was no discussion on the origin of the coronavirus or on China at the summit and that the spirit during the deliberations was of collaborative approach in dealing with the crisis, government sources said, as quoted by news agency PTI.  

The leaders, including US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, also agreed to contribute to the WHO-led COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund on a voluntary basis.

In his remarks, PM Modi noted the alarming social and economic cost of the pandemic, adding that 90 per cent of the COVID-19 cases and 88 per cent of deaths were in G20 countries.

The G20 grouping shares 80 per cent of world GDP and 60 per cent of world population.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said PM Modi underscored the need for free and open sharing of the benefits of medical research and development and sought developing an adaptive, responsive and humane health care systems.

It said he also sought strengthening and reforming intergovernmental organisations like WHO and work together to reduce economic hardships resulting from COVID-19 particularly for the economically weaker nations.

The prime minister also called for ushering in a new globalisation for collective well-being of entire humankind, noting that medical research should be freely and openly available for all countries, government sources said, as quoted by PTI.

"Let us put human beings rather than economic targets at centre of our vision for global prosperity and cooperation," PM Modi was quoted as saying by the sources.

He also stressed on developing a more adaptive, responsive, affordable and human healthcare system that can be deployed globally to deal with healthcare crisis.

At the meeting, the G20 leaders agreed to take all necessary measures to contain the pandemic and protect people.

They also supported strengthening of the WHO's mandate in the fight against pandemics, including delivery of medical supplies, diagnostic tools, treatments, medicines and vaccines.

The leaders committed to use all available policy tools to minimise the economic and social cost of the pandemic and to restore global growth, market stability and strengthening resilience.

According to the sources, PM Modi said the coronavirus pandemic has offered an opportunity to look afresh at a new concept of globalisation and that the grouping has to focus on problems being faced by the humanity.

They said the G-20 leaders also appreciated India's efforts at the regional level to fight the pandemic.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma