G20 Indonesia chair: Pandemic fund could start in June, needs World Bank green light

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JAKARTA (Reuters) – A G20 fund to better prepare for future pandemics could be operational by the end of June, if approval is given by the board of the World Bank, which houses it, the finance minister said late. of the current G20 chair, Indonesia. tuesday.

G20 countries have tentatively agreed to create the multibillion-dollar fund, which health officials say will finance efforts such as surveillance, research and better access to vaccinations for low- and middle-income countries. , among others.

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More than $1.1 billion has been pledged to the fund by the United States, European Union, Germany and Singapore, among others, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin told a news conference. .

(Reporting by Stefanno Sulaiman and Stanley Widianto; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel)

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