July 29, 2021

The G7 promises a billion vaccines to the rest of the world but without a precise timetable

Activists stationed on the beaches, journalists also kept at a safe distance, masked and tested every twenty-four hours, cases of coronavirus yet detected in a hotel in Saint Ives (United Kingdom), near Carbis Bay, in Cornwall, where the American, French, Japanese, or Italian leaders meet, or aboard the MS Silja, a cruise ship serving as a hotel for the thousands of police officers who came to secure the premises… This first G7 “face-to-face” since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic remains under the sign of the health crisis.

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The latter is also at the top of its priorities, with, as a desire expressed by the host of the summit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to “Vaccinate all of humanity by the end of 2022”.

A At the end of their weekend of discussions, Sunday, June 13, the G7 leaders should also commit to collectively giving up to one billion doses of vaccines to the rest of the world, starting with Africa, which has so far inoculated barely 2% of its population. In comparison – and with the notable exception of Japan, which is rather slow in its vaccination campaign – the G7 countries have vaccinated at least half of their adult populations. The United States has even started to protect their teenagers, the British their young adults.

Joe Biden raises the stakes

Pressure from experts or the World Health Organization (WHO) has continued to mount in recent weeks, ahead of the G7, for the richest democracies in the world to finally show generosity – or wisdom – , by helping to vaccinate poorer countries, in order to limit the risk of the spread or appearance of new variants.

On Friday 11 June, the English Ministry of Health found that the Delta variant, partly responsible for the terrible second pandemic wave in India, seems 64% more transmissible than that of Kent, and is now prevalent in the United Kingdom.

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Upon his arrival at Carbis Bay on Thursday, June 10, Joe Biden upped the ante by pledging a donation of 500 million vaccines Pfizer-BioNTech, including 200 million by the end of 2021 and the rest deliverable in the first half of 2022. The American president had already caused a sensation in May, by declaring himself in favor of a temporary lifting of patents on vaccines. Boris Johnson followed suit on Friday by promising 100 million doses, including five million by the end of September and 25 million before the end of the year.

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