UK to Urge G7 Countries for Global Vaccination

UMMATIMES - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use next week's Group of Seven (G7) Summit to urge world leaders to commit to vaccinating the global population by the end of 2022. The summit will be the G7's first face-to-face event since the pandemic hit.

"Vaccinating the world at the end of next year will be the single greatest achievement in medical history," Johnson said in a statement Sunday.

Johnson is expected to stress the importance of global vaccination efforts when meeting with fellow world leaders in Cornwall. "The world looks to us to rise to the greatest challenge of the postwar era: defeating Covid and leading a global recovery driven by our shared values," he said.

President of the United States (US) Joe Boden and the leaders of Canada, France, Italy and Japan will arrive in Cornwall starting Friday (11/5). They gathered for three days of talks focused on the global recovery from the pandemic.

The British government pledged in February to give most of the country's surplus vaccine supply to Covax, a UN-backed program that aims to supply poor countries with injections.

However, the UK has not provided figures on how many doses it will donate. The country with a population of about 70 million has ordered about 400 million doses of the vaccine.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the country does not have an overdosage at this time. "We just got it ready as quickly as possible," he said.

The Sunday Times reported that Johnson will announce at the summit that Britain will pledge to donate more than 2 billion pounds this year, with a further donation in 2022. Whereas the US has said it plans to distribute 80 million doses of its surplus vaccine globally by the end of June, mostly through Covax.