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About 165 global leaders, including former United Kingdom, UK, Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and ex-Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, are mobilising about $600 billion from the International Monetary Fund, IMF, to support developing countries in the fight against coronavirus.
The former leaders, made the call in a letter signed by 92 former Presidents and Prime Ministers, along with current economic and health leaders, also called for a concerted global response to the pandemic, led by the G-20 countries.
The former leaders called for the creation of a G-20 executive task force and a global pledging conference which would approve and co-ordinate a multi-billion dollar anti-coronavirus fund.
The leaders called for a global action to raise $8billion emergency global health fund to prevent a second wave of coronavirus; coordinated fiscal stimuli, including a resolution by the multilateral finance organizations to waive the debt interest payments for the poorest countries, including $44billion due this year from Africa, to avoid a recession becoming a depression.
They said about $35 billion was needed for ventilators, test kits and protective equipment for health workers.
The leaders want about $150 billion to be provided for preventing a second wave of the disease in countries that are now struggling to come out of the first wave of the disease.
They said: “All health systems – even the most sophisticated and best-funded are buckling under the pressures of the deadly virus.
“The economic emergency will not be resolved until the health emergency is addressed: the health emergency will not end simply by conquering the disease in one country alone but by ensuring recovery from COVID-19 in all countries,” the statement says.
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