British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday hailed as a “historic moment” the declaration proposed by the G7 to prevent future pandemics, which aims in particular to reduce the time to develop vaccines and reform the World Health Organization (WHO).
With this agreement, the main democracies of the world will commit to prevent a global pandemic from happening again, so that the devastation caused by covid-19 will never be repeated”, said Boris Johnson, on his Twitter account.
Leaders of the G7 countries (Germany, Canada, United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom) and the European Union are meeting this Saturday in Carbis Bay, in Cornwall, southwest of England, where the secretary general will also join from the UN, António Guterres, and the leaders of Australia, South Africa, South Korea and India, the latter by videoconference.
This Saturday, the second day of the meeting, they are expected to approve the ‘Carbis Bay Declaration’ that sets out a series of concrete commitments to avoid any repetition of a pandemic crisis like that caused by the new covonavirus.
Boris Johnson’s Science Advisor Patrick Vallance and philanthropist Melinda Gates will present the work of the Pandemic Preparedness Partnership (PPP), comprised of international experts from government, industry and scientific institutions to advise the G7.
The report, titled “A 100-Day Mission to Respond to Future Pandemic Threats,” contains recommendations for response to reduce the time needed to develop and license vaccines, treatments and diagnoses for any future disease to less than 100 days, a commitment to strengthen global surveillance networks and genomic sequencing capacity and support for WHO reform and strengthening.
Covid-19 pandemic fight and recovery coordination dominates this G7 summit, the first in-person in two years, with discussions on how to increase vaccine production capacity and make access more equitable.
In the opening, Boris Johnson said it was important for leaders to avoid the mistakes made at the beginning of the pandemic, marked by a lack of international coordination.
It is expected that this summit will come out with commitments to donate at least one billion vaccines to disadvantaged countries, of which the US has advanced with 500 million and the UK 100 million by 2022.
The World Health Organization estimates that 11 billion doses are needed to vaccinate 70% of the world’s population and stop the covid-19 pandemic.
The works will have sessions this Saturday dedicated to the economy, foreign policy and health, ending on Sunday with discussions on the environment.
Several bilateral meetings are expected on the sidelines, namely between the European Union and the United Kingdom to discuss the differences related to the application in Northern Ireland of the agreement for ‘Brexit’.
The publication of the final communiqué and press conferences concluding the Summit are scheduled for early Sunday afternoon.