German, French leaders speak at Davos meeting

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Added On January 27, 2021

 Leaders of Germany and France on Tuesday addressed the ongoing virtual World Economic Forum Davos Agenda meeting.

News Hour reports.
 
At the meeting, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a "fair" and rapid distribution of coronavirus vaccines across the world, including the poorer countries.
 
She welcomed the fact that the international coronavirus vaccination initiative COVAX had signed the first contracts.
 
SOUNDBITE (GERMAN) ANGELA MERKEL, Chancellor of Germany
 
"We will of course do everything we can to ensure that distribution can begin quickly."
 
"It is the hour of multilateralism, a foreclosure approach will not help us solve the problems."
 
Merkel also announced increased efforts in development cooperation and called for the United Nations to pursue its sustainability goals with greater emphasis.
For his part, French President Emmanuel Macron noted "The economy of tomorrow has to think about innovation, vulnerability and humanity at the same time" and build competitiveness alongside climate and biodiversity considerations.
   
Acknowledging that capitalism has resulted in stark inequalities, Macron said the competitiveness of tomorrow must be built with "an economy more resilient to shocks and capable of integrating elements of resistance into production chains.
 
On the COVID-19 pandemic, Macron said that its first lesson is that "we cannot think about the economy without thinking about the human."  
 
Macron also called for more efforts to implement the 2016 Paris Agreement on climate and to adopt similar global rules for biodiversity.
 
Over 2,000 business, government and civil society leaders and 25 heads of state or government meet virtually for the Davos this week to tackle the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and address the urgent need for global cooperation.