UK urges G7 to vaccinate the world by 2022

Photo: EPA Boris Johnson

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on the G7 wealthiest countries to facilitate the vaccination against Covid-19 worldwide by 2022, Reuters reported. Johnson urged for a formal commitment on behalf of G7. UK will host the G7 summit next week that follows the meeting of the finance ministers of the world’s most advanced countries.

Johnson will host the first in-person summit in almost two years and said he would seek a pledge to hit the global vaccination goal. "Vaccinating the world by the end of next year would be the single greatest feat in medical history," Johnson said in a statement. "I’m calling on my fellow G7 leaders to join us to end this terrible pandemic and pledge we will never allow the devastation wreaked by coronavirus to happen again."

The leaders of Germany, France, the United States, Italy, Japan, the European Union and Canada will join Johnson for the three-day summit in Cornwall, southwest England, which begins next Friday. It will be the first overseas trip for US President Joe Biden since he took office in January.

While the richest nations have been vaccinating large numbers of their populations, many poorer countries have not had the same access to vaccines. And health experts have warned that unless more Covid-19 jabs were donated, the virus will continue to spread and mutate. US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, in London for the finance ministers meeting, said it was urgent for the richest nations to promote vaccinations in poorer countries that could not afford to buy them. She also repeated the US position that patent rights should be removed for the vaccines, and said they were doing everything they could to address supply chain problems that were preventing a build-up of shots in other parts of the world. Britain has ordered more than 500 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine for its population of 67 million and says it will donate any shots it does not need.

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