The implementation of the global immunization plan should include “increasing the production of vaccines and reducing barriers to the international distribution of these drugs” by the G7 states, the British Prime Minister said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson intends to call on the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) to vaccinate the world’s population by the end of 2022. The corresponding statement of Johnson was distributed by the office of the head of the British government.
The Prime Minister will ask the leaders of Germany, Italy, Canada, the United States, France, and Japan, members of the informal association of economically developed countries, to make “concrete commitments to vaccinate the entire world against coronavirus by the end of 2022,” the statement said.
“I call on my colleagues, the G7 leaders, to join us [the UK] in ending this terrible pandemic, and to publicly pledge to prevent a repeat of the devastation that the coronavirus has caused,” Johnson was quoted as saying by Downing Street. “Vaccinating the world’s population by the end of next year would be the greatest achievement in the history of medicine,” the British prime minister said ahead of next week’s G7 summit in England.
According to the office, the implementation of the global immunization plan should include “increasing the production of vaccines and reducing barriers to the international distribution of these vaccines” by the G7 States. The British authorities offer to share extra doses with developing countries both “on a bilateral basis and through the COVAX system,” the report says.
The Downing Street communique notes the significant financial contribution of the UK to COVAX and claims that the delivery of 80 million doses of vaccines through this program “could not have been realized” without the vaccines of the Swedish-British company AstraZeneca, which produced 96% of the specified number of doses.
About the COVAX Program
The World Health Organization (WHO) COVAX mechanism aims to accelerate the development and production of COVID – 19 vaccines, as well as to ensure their fair and balanced distribution to all countries of the world.
Under the terms of the program, high-income countries pay for the purchase of vaccines, thereby subsidizing the so-called funded states. It is planned that within the framework of the mechanism, 2 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines should be produced and evenly distributed worldwide by the end of 2021. The issue of combating the pandemic will be key at the upcoming G7 summit, which will be held in the traditional format from June 11 to 13 in the British resort town of Carbis Bay on the Atlantic coast of the Cornwall Peninsula.