Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson says leaders of the major industrial nations have pledged one billion COVID vaccine doses to poor countries as a “big step towards vaccinating the world.
At the end of the G7 summit in Cornwall, Boris Johnson said countries were rejecting “nationalistic approaches”.
He said the G7 leaders had pledged to supply the vaccines to poor countries either directly or through the World Health Organization’s Covax scheme – including 100 million from the United Kingdom.
He said vaccinating the world would show the benefits of the G7’s democratic values.
There was also a pledge to wipe out their contribution to climate change.
The summit promised to end the pandemic and prepare for the future by driving an intensified international effort to vaccinate as many people as possible as fast as possible.
The leaders also spoke on how to tackle climate change, with leaders re-committing to the target of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest and pledging to eliminate most coal power.