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Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin pleaded at the G20 summit for mutual recognition of the various anti-Covid vaccines available, in particular between G20 member countries including China and Russia.

At the G20 on October 30, Xi Xinping and Vladimir Putin called for mutual recognition of vaccines. The Chinese and Russian presidents are the two big absent from the summit of heads of state and government of the G20, meeting this weekend in Rome. Their speeches were broadcast by videoconference.

“Despite the decisions of the G20, all countries that need it cannot have access to anti-Covid vaccines,” noted Vladimir Putin, whose statement was broadcast on Russian public television.

“This is mainly due to unfair competition, protectionism” and the fact “that some states, especially those of the G20, are not ready for mutual recognition of vaccines and vaccination certificates,” he blasted.

Russia, he argued, “was the first country in the world to approve a vaccine against Covid-19, Sputnik V”, already approved in 70 countries, and “it shows a high level safety and efficiency, ”he said.

From Beijing, the Chinese head of state has also asked for “mutual recognition of vaccines,” according to his remarks reported by state television CCTV.

Chinese and Russian vaccines not licensed in the EU and the US

China’s Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines are used in 70 and 37 countries and territories, respectively, including several countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia, according to an AFP count.

The World Health Organization (WHO) urgently approved Sinopharm in early June, but neither the United States nor the European Medicines Agency approved the Chinese vaccines, nor the Russian. However, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov recently deplored the biased treatment Sputnik V received from the EU. He called on them not to politicize the issue of vaccination.

The Russian Minister of Health, Mikhail Mourashko, had informed him on October 2 last after discussions with the Director-General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, that there was now “no obstacle” recognition of the Sputnik V.

Within the G20, the latest country to reject the Russian vaccine is South Africa, whose drug agency cited in mid-October an increased risk for vaccinated men of contracting HIV, which the government contests. Russian center Gamaleya, which developed the Sputnik V.

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