British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday has decided to urge leaders of the G7 nations to make a commitment to vaccinate the entire world against Covid-19 by the end of 2022 when they meet in Britain next week.
Johnson will host the first in-person summit in almost two years of G7 leaders – which follows a meeting of the group’s finance ministers that wrapped up earlier in the day – and said he would seek a pledge to hit the global vaccination goal.
“Vaccinating the world by the end of next year would be the single greatest feat in medical history,” he said. “I’m calling on my fellow G7 leaders to join us to end this terrible pandemic and pledge we will never allow the devastation wreaked by the coronavirus to happen again.”
The leaders of Germany, France, the US, Italy, Japan, the EU and Canada will join Johnson for the three-day summit in Cornwall, England, which begins on Friday.
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He said the spread of the Delta variant, behind a recent rise in coronavirus infections in the country, has made the unlocking plans set for June 21 more difficult. However, he pointed out that a majority of those in hospital as a result of the Delta variant haven’t had a vaccine at all and only a “small minority” have had both doses.
Asked if there could be a delay to the June 21 timeline for an end to all lockdown restrictions in the UK, Hancock said the government is “absolutely open” to a delay if it needs to happen.
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