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[Comment] Offline: The G20 and health—platitudes and broken promises

Imagine “Anycountry”. A low-income nation-state with a weak health system. People have begun to report a mysterious respiratory infection that is rapidly fatal. The cause is an unknown virus. A localised outbreak quickly spreads from village to village. The virus is not only extremely pathogenic but also highly transmissible. The epidemic soon crosses the country’s border to neighbouring states. A global health emergency beckons. This scenario is fictional. But earlier this year G20 health ministers were locked in a room in Berlin to test their ability to deal with such a global health crisis.

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