Today, Britain Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the G7 summit could not come at better times when the world needs to vaccinate. He said that since the pandemic began 18 months ago, this is the first time when the leaders of the world’s greatest, richest, most powerful and technologically advanced democracies have had the chance to meet in person.
He stated, “This is the moment for the world’s greatest democracies to shoulder their responsibilities and to vaccinate the world because no one can be properly protected until everyone has been protected.”
PM Johnson claimed that by the end of the next year, the G7 will pledge to distribute vaccines to inoculate the world with millions coming from surplus UK stocks. “We will begin the framing of a new global treaty on pandemic preparedness so the world is never caught out in the same way again,” added the PM.
He praised the AstraZeneca/ University of Oxford vaccine, with 95% of the Covax worldwide vaccine-sharing scheme supplied from the Anglo-Swedish pharma giants.
The UK PM said that the leaders will fight the loss of biodiversity, work to reduce carbon emissions and by 2025, they will get another 40 million girls into school.
Referring to the declaration of post-war cooperation of President Franklin D Roosevelt and Winston Churchill in 1941, the PM said that the US and UK will create a new Atlantic Charter.
He added, “President Biden and I will sign a charter that encompasses science, technology and trade and, above all, that underscores our joint commitment to NATO that has been indispensable to our security for decades.”
Pointing to Britain having the biggest defence budget of Europe, Johnson stressed on contributing more troops than any country to the deployment of NATO in Poland and the Baltic states. He said that to guarantee the security of the continent, Britain is doing more than any other European power.
“Wherever you look, the G7, NATO, the global struggle against Covid-19, Britain is the “buckle that fastens, the hyphen that joins” everything together,” added Johnson.
Currently, Britain is holding the G7 summit and Boris Johnson will lead the discussion with any agreement having an impact across the world. The UK PM will also urge his counterparts to strengthen vaccine manufacturing, give leftover doses to countries in need and tear down barriers for global distribution.
Johnson urged his counterparts to follow the footsteps of Britain and ship off extra doses of homegrown doses, as the UK has done with the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab.
The UK PM further stated that his country can devise a vaccine against COVID at once, conduct nearly half of the world’s genomic sequencing of new variants, bring the world’s most powerful leaders to Cornwall, and send an aircraft carrier to the Indo-Pacific.
“But we would never wish to go it alone; on the contrary, we are blessed with alliances that help to keep us safe and advance our values. Now we are putting all of this to work for the benefit of the British people and to ensure this country is a force for good,” he added.
The Oxford vaccine has been rolled out in 166 countries, Pfizer and Moderna to 99 and 45 countries respectively.
From France, Canada, Italy, Japan, Germany, other G7 leaders are also flying to Cornwall for the summit. They will be joined by invited leaders of India, South Korea, Australia and South Africa.