G7 summit outlines health pact to stop future pandemics

G7 summit outlines health pact to stop future pandemics

G7 leaders have gathered for their first in-person talks in almost two years, with an expected pledge to donate one billion Covid vaccine doses to poor countries on the agenda in a show of Western democratic cohesion. Speaking to the Anglican Communion News Service, Anglican leaders stressed the impact of COVID-19 on indigenous communities and also raised issues of nuclear energy, the care of refugees and the need to hear the voices of young people.

G7 leaders meeting at the seaside resort of Carbis Bay in Cornwall, southwest England, are also expected to outline more help for developing nations to build up infrastructure, as a counterpoint to the debt-fuelled spending by China in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The G7 is expected to finalise the "Carbis Bay Declaration" comprising a series of commitments to prevent a repeat of the devastation wreaked by Covid-19. Among them, reducing the time required for the development and authorization of vaccines and treatments for any disease in less than 100 days, strengthening global surveillance networks and genomic sequencing capacity, and support to reform and strengthen the World Health Organization (WHO), reports BBC.

The leaders around the Queen laughed, and Mr Johnson replied emphatically: "Yes".

The United Kingdom is hosting the event, to be attended by heads of government from the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.

"But to truly defeat coronavirus and recover, we need to prevent a pandemic like this from ever happening again".

"The Carbis Bay Declaration marks a proud and historic moment for us all".

"Together we need to build on the significant scientific and collaborative response to the Covid-19 pandemic and find common solutions to address numerous gaps identified. The next stage is for those who have tested positive to undertake a PCR test".

The leaders were met by the Prime Minister and Carrie Johnson as they arrived at the summit in Cornwall and posed for a "family photograph" ahead of their discussions.

Environmental activists bombarded Johnson´s Twitter feed with suggestions that the prime minister should practice what he preaches after he posted a photo of himself climbing off the plane accompanied by a call to make the world "better, fairer and greener". "As we discussed, the world needs a stronger global surveillance system to detect new epidemic and pandemic risks".

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