British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the G-7, a group of seven rich countries, has pledged to provide one billion doses of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine to the world’s poor countries. At the conclusion of the G-7 leaders’ summit in south-west England on Sunday, Johnson said the supply of vaccines would be done directly through the international ‘Covax’ initiative. Despite this commitment, the World Health Organization (WHO) said another 11 billion doses are needed to vaccinate at least 70 percent of the world’s population and end the pandemic. At the same time, Johnson has said that there has been a “great harmony” among the leaders of the G7 grouping at their summit on climate change, democratic values and fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Johnson says the group of wealthy democracies will demonstrate the value of democracy and human rights to the rest of the world and ‘help the world’s poorest countries develop themselves in a way that is clean, green and sustainable.’ In addition, the UK will set up a new animal vaccine development center aimed at preventing the virus from entering the human population. A historic Global Health Declaration will be agreed on Saturday by the leaders of the G-7 countries in Corbys Bay, Cornwall. The so-called ‘Carbys Bay Declaration’ will commit the world’s major democracies to a series of measures that are designed to eliminate future pandemics within a critical period of the first 100 days.
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