G-7 pledges 1b vaccine doses

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expects the Group of Seven to agree to donate one billion corona vaccine doses to poorer countries during its summit starting on Friday.

Just hours after US President Joe Biden vowed to supercharge the battle against Covid-19 with a donation of 500 million Pfizer shots, Johnson said Britain would give at least 100 million surplus vaccines to the poorest nations.

Johnson has already called on G7 leaders to commit to vaccinating the entire world by the end of 2022, and the group is expected to pledge one billion doses during its three-day summit in the English seaside resort of Carbis Bay.

Some campaign groups condemned the plan as a drop in the ocean, with Oxfam estimating that nearly four billion people would depend on Covax for vaccines, the program that distributes Covid-19 shots to low and middle income countries.


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