Danke, Deutschland

Much of the credit for the G20’s big global health pledges, writes Wellcome Trust director Jeremy Farrar, should go to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose presidency of the group ends in November.

Among other achievements, Farrar credits Merkel with establishing national action plans to fight antimicrobial resistance and investing in pandemic preparedness. Merkel’s ability to keep the G20 focused, he says, suggests a real intention to “see through what’s been promised.”

With Argentina poised to assume the G20 Presidency, and Canada next to lead the G7, Farrar sees a wide range of global health-related issues ripe for action.

Source: STAT (Opinion)

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