As the G7 leaders assemble in Cornwall, Johnson defends his vaccine vow.
Boris Johnson defended his approach to combating the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, saying the UK had donated at least 100 million vaccination doses to some of the world’s poorest countries.
As leaders of some of the world’s wealthiest democracies convened in Cornwall, the Prime Minister made the vow.
In order to end the pandemic by 2022, the group of seven top industrialised nations is anticipated to agree to give a billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine.
Before a spectacular reception at the Eden Project attended by the Queen, the leaders – including US President Joe Biden – will spend the day debating concerns like as the pandemic.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will also participate in their first G7 gatherings, marking yet another step forward in their careers as senior royals.
On Friday evening, William and Kate will attend the G7 leaders reception alongside the Queen, the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall.
The conference, which is taking place in Carbis Bay, begins with wealthier nations being pressed to do more to share the burden of preventing the virus from spreading around the world.
Mr. Biden has already stated that he will provide half a billion Pfizer vaccinations to 92 low- and lower-middle-income nations as well as the African Union.
The UK will supply five million doses by the end of September, with a further 25 million by the end of 2021, according to the Prime Minister’s proposal.
However, he resisted calls from campaigners to take further action, such as waiving vaccine patents, claiming that the agreement to supply Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines at cost price and the UK’s funding for the Covax initiative to provide doses around the world demonstrated that Britain was doing its part.
“I think the people of this country should be very proud that one in every three of the 1.5 billion doses that are being distributed around the world to the poorest and neediest people in the world under the Covax programme comes from the Oxford/AstraZeneca deal that the UK did, allowing those vaccines to be distributed at cost,” the Prime Minister told the BBC.
“And that’s all there is to it.” (This is a brief piece.)