|26 March, 2020

World's biggest economies must take firm measures to combat coronavirus - Saudi king

"We must also strengthen the global preparedness to counter infectious diseases that may spread in the future," he said.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz delivers a televised speech regarding the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia March 19, 2020. Picture taken March 19, 2020. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz delivers a televised speech regarding the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia March 19, 2020. Picture taken March 19, 2020. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS

DUBAI- Saudi Arabia's King Salman, addressing a virtual summit of G20 leaders, said the world's biggest economies must take firm measures on several fronts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, state news agency SPA said on Thursday.

He reaffirmed full support for the World Health Organization's coordination of efforts to fight the virus, adding "the G20 must assume the responsibility of reinforcing cooperation in financing research and development for therapeutics and a vaccine".

"We must also strengthen the global preparedness to counter infectious diseases that may spread in the future," he said.

(Reporting by Yousef Saba and Alaa Swilam; Editing by Toby Chopra) ((Yousef.Saba@thomsonreuters.com; +971562166204))

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