Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies on Thursday reiterated their commitment to do “whatever it takes” to tackle the novel coronavirus outbreak. 

“Combatting this pandemic calls for a transparent, robust, coordinated, large-scale and science-based global response in the spirit of solidarity. We are strongly committed to presenting a united front against this common threat,” they said in a statement issued following an extraordinary G20 leaders’ summit on the coronavirus which world leaders joined via a teleconference.

Noting that the pandemic is a “powerful reminder of the interconnectedness and vulnerabilities” of G20 countries, they said the absolute priority

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