As the G7 summit gets underway, Johnson makes a vaccine guarantee for the world’s poorest countries.
Boris Johnson revealed as the G7 leaders convened in Cornwall that the UK will begin providing vaccines to nations in need in the coming weeks, with at least 100 million surplus doses being provided in the coming year.
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 at the Eden Project, where they will be joined by 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.
Pfizer vaccines worth half a billion dollars have already been pledged by US President Joe Biden for 92 countries and 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.
“As a result of the UK’s vaccine program’s success, we are now in a position to share some of our surplus doses with those who need them,” Prime Minister David Cameron said.
“By doing so, we will take a giant step toward permanently ending the pandemic.
“At the G7 Summit, I hope my fellow leaders will make similar commitments so that, together, we can vaccinate the entire world by the end of next year and recover more quickly from the coronavirus.”
Around a fifth of the vaccines promised by Mr Johnson would be given through bilateral agreements with developing countries, while the balance would be distributed through the Covax project, which distributes vaccines to developing countries.
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