'We are unable to walk forward properly': IMF chief
The global economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic remains "hobbled" by the virus and the world is "unable to walk forward properly," the head of the IMF said on Tuesday, according to Anadolu Agency.
Assessing global economic outlook and policy priorities at an event hosted by Bocconi University in Italy ahead of the fall meetings of the IMF and World Bank, Kristalina Georgieva said the risks and obstacles to a balanced global recovery were now even more pronounced.
"The most immediate obstacle is the ‘Great Vaccination Divide’ -- too many countries with too little access to vaccines, leaving too many people unprotected from COVID," she said.
Countries, she added, remain deeply divided in their ability to respond, to support the recovery, and to invest for the future.
With the global economy projected to grow by 6% in 2021 as of July, she noted that they expected growth to be slightly more moderate this year.
"Economic output in advanced economies is projected to return to pre-pandemic trends by 2022. But, most emerging and developing countries will take many more years to recover," Georgieva said, warning that this delayed recovery would make it even more difficult to avoid long-term economic scarring.