World leaders have promised to deliver one billion doses of the Covid-19 vaccine as well as a step up in action on climate change following the first physical G7 summit in nearly two years.
At the G7 summit, which was being held in Cornwall, leaders of the elite club obeyed US President Joe Biden’s push to regain unity in the West.
The leaders stated, “We will harness the power of democracy, freedom, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights to answer the biggest questions and overcome the greatest challenges,”.
UK Prime Minister Borris Johson stated that countries were rejecting nationalistic approaches as vaccinating the world would show the benefits of the G7’s democratic values.
He stated that the world was looking to reject some of the “selfish” and “nationalistic” approaches which impaired the initial global response to the pandemic, and to channel all of our “diplomatic, economic and scientific might” to defeat Covid-19 for good.
The G7 described the vaccine pledge as a moral failure as it was not enough to cover the needs of poorer countries.
The Prime Minister rejected these claims and stated that half of the 1.5 billion vaccines that have been distributed worldwide are a result of the UK government doing a deal with Oxford scientists and AstraZeneca to distribute it at cost, to which he said the people of the UK should be very proud of.
The vaccine pledge, which is hoped will vaccinate the world by 2022, was described as being a moral failure and that it will go down in history as such, as the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 11 billion vaccine doses will be needed in order to stand a chance of beating the virus.
The communique also included steps to tackle climate change with leaders re-committing to the target of zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050 while promising to eliminate most coal power.