MEXICO, November 21. / TASS /. The receipt of medical care, including drugs and vaccines, should be free of charge for the population. This opinion was expressed on Saturday by Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, speaking at the online summit of the Group of Twenty (G20).
“The right to health care is one of the fundamental human rights that the state must guarantee, without taking into account considerations aimed at generating profit, – said the politician. – Medical care, vaccines and medicines should be free, and access to them should be universal ". In addition, according to Lopez Obrador, it is necessary to protect the institution of the family, take care of the elderly and promote healthy eating. He also noted that people should be trusted more and their freedom should be ensured in all circumstances, giving up the desire to use "authoritarian measures", among which he mentioned the imposition of a curfew.
The Mexican leader believes that the economic recovery after the end of the pandemic must come from the bottom up. "First of all, it is necessary to help the poor, and not focus the government's efforts only on channeling state resources to bankrupt companies or financial institutions," he stressed.
The Group of Twenty is an informal association of the largest economically developed and developing countries that has existed since 1999. It includes 19 states (Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Great Britain, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Canada, China, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, USA, Turkey, France, South Africa, South Korea, Japan) and the European Union. According to the World Bank, the G20 countries account for 80% of world GDP. The functions of the chairman of the association this year are performed by Saudi Arabia.
The main topics of the G20 summit, held on November 21 and 22 in the format of a videoconference, were measures to combat the pandemic, as well as the process of global economic recovery. Saudi Arabia's finance minister Mohammad bin Abdullah al-Jadaan said earlier that the summit "aims to strengthen international cooperation to restore the global economy and create a solid foundation for a sustainable, balanced and comprehensive growth phase."