Iván Duque criticizes multilateralism for response to the pandemic

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The Colombian President, Ivan Duque, said on Wednesday that multilateralism should be “rethought in a positive way,” because it considers that it did not respond as expected to the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When I look back and evaluate what happened five or six months ago, I think the multilateralism He did not respond as we were all expecting, “the president said in a conversation with the president of the Eurasia Group, Ian Bremmer, on the third day of the annual summit of the Concordia organization, held virtually in New York.

The arrival of the coronavirus

According to the president, the world saw how the COVID-19 “It came out of Wuhan (China) and it came to Europe and the way we all reacted,” but said he believed “that we all could have had a better opportunity to address needs with multilateralism.”

Duque also stated that the lesson must be “learned” to see how to improve the situation, because six months ago there were “tremendously worrying” things such as the respirator shortage or difficulties in accessing the tests by some countries & rdquor ;.

“The Latin American countries had to take draconian measures in order to contain the spread of the virus and at the same time we were all in difficulties, as leaders, to face the circumstances of COVID-19, “added the Colombian president.

The pandemic in Colombia

To contain the spread of the pandemic, Colombia It was in quarantine between March 25 and September 1, and also kept its airports closed throughout this time to prevent contagion.

In Colombia they have been informed 777,537 cases of COVID-19, of which 100,541, corresponding to 12.93% of the total, remain active, while 650,801 patients have recovered, that is, 83.7%.

Recover the economy

When asked about what Colombia is doing to revive your economy Faced with the impact of the quarantine and the pandemic, Duque said: “We cannot judge the current situation with the same perspective that we had before COVID.”

“Our main objective is to establish a trajectory so that the economy generates value,” he said, adding that everyone must adapt to this new situation that has generated pandemic and that he believes it will last at least a year and a half more.

According to the head of state, “it is necessary to recognize that we are in a transition phase and that the most important thing today is to recover economic growth with the new normality because we still do not have a date for the vaccine“.

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