ST. IVES, England – The Group of Seven nations will pledge to share with the world at least one billion vaccines against COVID-19, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday – of which the United States will contribute half and Great Britain 100 million, while the president American Joe Biden called on his allies to come together to accelerate the end of the pandemic and strengthen the strategic position of the richest democracies in the world.
Johnson made the announcement the day before the G7 leaders’ summit in England, hours after Biden pledged to donate 500 million doses. and advance a coordinated initiative of advanced economies to make inoculations widely and rapidly available everywhere.
“We are going to help lead the world out of this pandemic by working with our global partners, ”stated Biden., and noted that on Friday the G7 nations would join the United States in drafting their vaccine donation commitments. In addition to the United States and Great Britain, the G7 includes Germany, Canada, France, Italy, and Japan.
Johnson’s office said the first 5 million UK doses will be donated in the coming weeks and the remainder over the course of the year.. Biden’s pledge is in addition to the 80 million doses he had already pledged to donate by the end of June.
“At the G7 summit, I hope that my ruling colleagues will make similar commitments so that, together, we can vaccinate the world by the end of next year. and rebuild better after the coronavirus, “Johnson said in a statement in which he referred to the US president’s campaign slogan.
Hours earlier on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed the US commitment and stated that Europe should do the same. He noted that France would share at least 30 million doses globally by the end of the year.