UK PM calls on G7 to aim for global vaccination

07 Juin, 2021, 12:51 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • UK PM Boris Johnson urges G7 to vaccinate world by end of 2022

He said: "No other G7 country is cutting its aid in this way".

Johnson added that "the world is looking to us to rise to the greatest challenge of the post-war era: defeating Covid and leading a global recovery driven by our shared values".

"I'm calling on my fellow G7 leaders to join us to end to this bad pandemic and pledge will we never allow the devastation wreaked by coronavirus to happen again", he said.

Later this week Johnson will announce more detail on plans by the British government to "share a significant majority of its surplus doses", Saturday's statement said. Health secretary Matt Hancock has said that the United Kingdom does not have any excess doses at the moment and that "we're just getting them into arms as quickly as possible".

While Johnson denied those claims and pointed to the U.K.'s promise to contribute more than £500 million to the global immunization initiative known as COVAX, London has yet to disclose how many vaccine doses it has sent overseas.

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While the richest nations have been vaccinating large numbers of their populations, many poorer countries have not had the same access to vaccines. The meeting will take place in Cornwall in the southwest of the UK. It is going to have devastating consequences across the world.

Johnson encouraged G7 countries to boost vaccine production, remove barriers to distribution and send their own surplus supplies to global regions in need.

During those sessions the leaders, including those from Canada, Japan, France and Italy, will be joined virtually by experts, including the UK's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, philanthropist Melinda French Gates and environmentalist David Attenborough.

Johnson will host the first in-person summit in nearly two years of G7 leaders - which follows a meeting of the group's finance ministers which wrapped up earlier in the day - and said he would seek a pledge to hit the global vaccination goal.

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