COVID-19: Boris Johnson will call on the G7 to vaccinate the world against the coronavirus by the end of next year | UK News


The Prime Minister will call on G7 leaders to commit to vaccinating the world’s population against COVID-19 by the end of 2022.

Boris Johnson plans to use the group’s UK presidency to lobby vaccination coverage over the next 18 months.

When he meets a comrade G7 leaders face to face on Friday – including the president Joe biden for the first time since his electoral victory – Mr Johnson will call on them to “take on the greatest challenge of the postwar years” to stop the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected at least 172 million people and killed more than 3.7 million people worldwide.

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Boris Johnson, who received both doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, wants the world to be completely stung by the end of 2022

Johnson said: “The world expects us to take on the greatest challenge of the postwar years: to conquer COVID and lead a global recovery guided by our shared values.

“Vaccinating the world by the end of next year would be the greatest achievement in the history of medicine.

“I call on my fellow G7 leaders to join us in ending this terrible pandemic and I promise that we will never let the devastation caused by the coronavirus happen again.”

According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University in the United States, some 2.076 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered worldwide so far.

But with most vaccines available requiring two doses for full protection, that number is not enough.

The UK has gained access to more than 400 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines over the next two years, after building a portfolio of seven different vaccines.

People line up to visit the Belmont Health Center in Harrow, which offers a first dose of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine on Saturday and Sunday to anyone over the age of 18 living or working in Harrow.  Photo date: Saturday, June 5, 2021.
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Some vaccination centers in the UK were able to offer vaccines to anyone over 18

Some 67 million doses have already been administered, with over 27 million people fully vaccinated, and many parts of the UK are now vaccinating people in their 20s.

The prospect of vaccinating children was also raised last week after the drug regulator approved the Pfizer jab for ages 12 to 15.

Meanwhile, many poor countries have failed even to immunize health workers – who are among the most at risk – due to lack of funds, inadequate infrastructure or, more often than not, a lack of supply.

Vaccinating the whole world is not only morally important – supply chains and global economic activity cannot fully resume until all countries can open up.

And new variations are more likely to occur if large groups of people are not vaccinated, which could make our current vaccines less effective.

In February, Mr Johnson said the UK to share majority of any COVID vaccine surplus.

And Friday, the Secretary of Health Matt hancock pledged the UK would “absolutely” seek to give back-up doses – but added that there were none available yet.

“Right now we don’t have excess doses – we’re just putting them in the guns as quickly as possible,” he said.

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Germany, France and Italy, by contrast, have pledged to donate at least 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines before the end of the year.

Downing Street has suspended its £ 548million contribution to Covax, the United Nations-backed program to make vaccines available to low and middle-income countries.

But that only solves half the problem: You can’t buy vaccines if there aren’t any, no matter how much money you have.

British taxpayers have also made a significant contribution to the production of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which – because it is sold at cost – is the main vaccine used in poor and middle-income countries.

Number 10 says that nearly one in three vaccines given worldwide has been the Oxford vaccine and it accounts for 96% of the 80 million vaccines given by Covax.

G7 leaders will meet in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on Friday for three days of meetings on issues such as the global recovery from the pandemic.

They will be joined by experts, including UK Chief Science Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, philanthropist Melinda French Gates and environmentalist Sir David Attenborough.

On Saturday, they will be joined in person or virtually by leaders from Australia, South Africa, South Korea and India for talks on health and climate change.

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