Equitable distribution of covid-19 vaccines and strategies to prevent future pandemics are on the agenda for a virtual summit of G7 leaders on Friday, the first international event with new US President Joe Biden.
Organized by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the meeting is part of the UK rotating presidency program of the group of seven countries considered most industrialized, formed by the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the USA, together with the European Union (EU).
Friday’s summit will remotely bring together the leaders of all member countries, as well as the presidents of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the European Council, Charles Michel.
Johnson wants to use the meeting to seek consensus on a joint global approach to the pandemic, rather than the “nationalist and factional policy that undermined the response to the coronavirus”, and to make vaccine distribution “a new opportunity to demonstrate the importance of international cooperation,” he says. an announcement.
A few weeks after starting the post-Brexit relationship, the United Kingdom and the EU experienced moments of tension due to the threat from Brussels to impose export controls on vaccines to prevent the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca from delivering doses to the British instead of the Europeans.
“Quantum leaps in science have given us the vaccines we need to end this pandemic forever. Now, world governments have a responsibility to work together to distribute these vaccines in the best possible way,” urged Johnson.
The United States announced in January, shortly after Biden’s inauguration, that they would join the COVAX initiative, led by the World Health Organization, which aims to ensure global and equitable access to covid-19 vaccines, guaranteeing 1.3 billion doses.
The United Kingdom is one of the largest donors, having pledged £ 548 million (€ 625 million).
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,384,059 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 108.1 million cases of infection, according to a report by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 15,183 people died from 784,079 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.
Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.
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