Celebrating Canada's commitments at the G20 Summit

By: Laura Published: 01/11/2021

Photo: Paul Kagame/Flickr

This past weekend, October 30-31, at the G20 Summit in Rome, Italy our new government stepped up by making a number of commitments to #EndCovidEverywhere and #LeaveNoOneBehind. Results Canada volunteers and staff have been vigorously advocating for this type of global leadership from Canada to ensure a rapid and equitable response and recovery from the pandemic.

Canada’s latest commitments include:

  1. Supporting global recovery: Committing to channeling CAD$3.7 billion, or 20 per cent, of its newly allocated International Monetary Fund (IMF) Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) to support low-income and other vulnerable countries. These new resources will support countries to purchase critical products like vaccines, personal protective equipment, and emergency food supplies at virtually no cost to Canada. Learn more about SDRs in our “Share the bounty, boost the global economy” blog.
  2. Enhancing vaccine distribution: Donating more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to COVAX and allocating another CAD$70 million of previously promised funds for the ACT-Accelerator (ACT-A), meaning more urgently needed resources will be invested to support vaccine distribution and delivery, as well as global access to COVID-19 diagnostics.
  3. Funding vaccine manufacturing: Investing up to CAD$15 million, to COVAX Manufacturing Task Force partners, in support of the establishment of the South Africa Technology Transfer Hub. This initiative will help build capacity to enable development and production of mRNA vaccines and technologies in the region.

The new commitments are potential game-changers. With Canada’s SDRs we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to be ambitious and share wealth with essentially no effect on Canada’s deficit or debt. With ACT-A we have the tools to beat the virus and infrastructure in place that reaches everyone. And with more manufacturing capacity around the world, we are staking steps to prevent the harmful hoarding of medical products like vaccines.

We can #EndCovidEverywhere.

What has been missing is the political will to make a global response to global problems a reality. We must stop the deadly divides and two-track pandemic, with different countries and populations experiencing dramatically different health, economic, and societal impacts. Which is why we commend Canada for stepping up at the G20 to #LeaveNoOneBehind. Today we celebrate and tomorrow we will continue the work to support bold leadership on the world stage.

Celebrate Canada’s leadership now by sending this instant tweet:

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