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The G20’s Historic Opportunity

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With G20 leaders gathering in Rome to discuss the world's most pressing problems, there is a historic opportunity to turn the tide against the coronavirus. But to do so, governments must abandon the toxic nationalism that has so far stood in the way of a sufficient global response to the pandemic. A vaccine for poor countries to inoculate the world against the virus of nationalism. This is the message sent by Gordon Brown, former British prime minister and one of Europe’s most influential politicians, to G20 leaders meeting in Italy this weekend. To Support Climate Efforts, Support Mayors Sustainability Now Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images

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With G20 leaders gathering in Rome to discuss the world's most pressing problems, there is a historic opportunity to turn the tide against the coronavirus. But to do so, governments must abandon the toxic nationalism that has so far stood in the way of a sufficient global response to the pandemic.

A vaccine for poor countries to inoculate the world against the virus of nationalism. This is the message sent by Gordon Brown, former British prime minister and one of Europe’s most influential politicians, to G20 leaders meeting in Italy this weekend.

Brown urges the Rome summit to “make history” and sanction the transfer of millions of unused vaccines from rich countries to developing countries that desperately need them. For Brown, the challenge is not just about health. In his view, a nationalist or protectionist response on vaccines would jeopardize economic growth and the return to normality after the COVID-19 crisis.

Francesco Guerrera: What is your message to Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and the other leaders on the eve of the Rome G20?

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