G7 countries to supply one billion doses of vaccines to poorest countries over next year

The Group of Seven (G7) countries at the G7 Summit held agreed to intensify international efforts to vaccinate the world, by making a new and additional commitment to supply over 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the world’s poorest countries over the next year.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced through a press release that the UK’s contribution would be 100 million doses. This is in addition to the UK’s £548m of funding for COVAX and the UK’s support for the development of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

The UK has hosted the G7 Summit 2021 today (15), bringing together world leaders to discuss how to build back better after Covid19, vaccinate the world, tackle climate change and boost girls’ education around the world.

World leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the USA joined the UK for close-knit discussions. The Prime Minister also invited leaders from Australia, India, South Africa and the Republic of Korea, as well as leaders of the EU, to attend as guest countries to deepen the expertise and experience around the table.

G7 leaders signed-up to the Carbis Bay Declaration on health, vowing to take steps to ensure that the global devastation caused by coronavirus is never repeated. The UK will establish a new centre to develop vaccines to prevent zoonotic diseases spreading from animals to humans.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson launched the UK’s Blue Planet Fund. The £500m fund will help developing countries to tackle unsustainable fishing; protect and restore coastal ecosystems, and reduce marine pollution.

The Prime Minister said in a press release, “Protecting our planet is the most important thing we as leaders can do for our people. There is a direct relationship between reducing emissions, restoring nature, creating jobs and ensuring long-term economic growth.”

The G7 also committed to help vulnerable countries build resilience to the impacts of climate change, including preparedness for disasters. The UK pledged £120m for better disaster responses.

“The coronavirus pandemic has caused an unprecedented global education crisis, with a particular impact on education for girls. The UK Prime Minister announced £430m of new UK aid to get the world’s most vulnerable children, particularly girls, into school. The Prime Minister said that over one billion children in the world’s poorest countries will see a transformation in their educational opportunities as a result,” the statement said.