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Maas criticizes Vaccine Diplomacy

Yesterday, Tuesday, the foreign ministers of the G20 countries met. The focus was on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced that he would also address the so-called vaccine diplomacy of China and Russia at the meeting, “of which we think nothing”. The COVID-19 pandemic should not be about “short-term geostrategic advantages“, Maas said. Rather, he said, the G20 should join forces to fight the Corona pandemic. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also stressed how important it was COVID-19 vaccines to supply poorer countries. The meeting in Matera, Italy, was the first face-to-face meeting in two years – previously the ministers had exchanged views virtually. nib

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