JAKARTA, Oct 26 (Reuters) - The United States and Indonesia on Tuesday called for the launch of a forum to prepare for future pandemics, urging members of the Group of 20 leading economies to seize an opportunity this month to plan for an international response system.
"We have all personally grappled with the deep human and economic cost brought on by this borderless, unforgiving pandemic.
The United States and Indonesia, which have similar size populations, have been among the worst affected in their respective regions.
The G20 includes the United States, Japan, Britain, Russia, Brazil, China, Germany, Canada, Australia and South Korea, among others.
It called for greater inclusiveness and less bureaucracy and said a joint response was critical for poorer counties that lack resources to respond fast, including with vaccinations.
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