LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use the Group of Seven (G7) wealthy democracies’ summit next week to urge world leaders to commit to vaccinating the global population by the end of 2022.
Johnson is expected to stress the importance of a global vaccination drive when he meets with fellow world leaders on Friday in Cornwall, on the coast of southwestern England, for the first face-to-face G7 summit since the pandemic hit.
“The world is looking 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 in a statement yesterday. “Vaccinating the world by the end of next year would be the single greatest feat in medical history.”
United States (US) President Joe Biden and leaders of Canada, France, Italy and Japan will arrive in Cornwall from Friday for three days of talks focussing on the global recovery from the pandemic.
Britain’s government pledged in February to give most of the country’s surplus vaccine supply to COVAX, the United Nations (UN)-backed programme aiming to supply poorer countries with jabs.