G7 leaders had their first in-person meeting in almost two years and they have agreed to donate a billion doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to the poorest countries in the world. Countries like France, Germany, Canada, Japan, Italy, the US, and the UK.
In the meeting, the leaders maintained that a joint approach is the best way to recover from the global crisis caused by the pandemic. According to Boris Johnson, the prime minister of the UK, the summit which took place in Cornwall, southwest England, was an opportunity for these countries to learn lessons from the pandemic and make sure such errors never occur again.
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We need to make sure that we now allow our economies to recover. We need to make sure that when we recover, we level up and we build back better. We have a huge opportunity to do that as G7.British prime minister
As regards the plan to donate vaccines, campaigners maintained that the pledge isn’t enough. They said that if a billion doses of vaccine are the best the G7 leaders can offer, then this summit is a failure. Anna Marriot, Oxfam’s health policy manager, said that about 11 billion doses of the vaccine are needed in the world.
She maintained that the G7 nations should share the vaccine science and know-how with qualified manufacturers across the world. The G7 leaders will also be making more efforts to help developing countries build up infrastructure, to counterpoint the debt-fuelled spending made by China in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.