British PM rejects claim offer of 100m Covid vaccine doses is too little
This morning UK prime minister Boris Johnson tweeted a link to Johnson rejects claim offer of 100m Covid vaccine doses to poorer countries is too little. In it, he says he wants the G7 countries to commit to providing one billion doses of vaccine to developing countries by the end of next year. He says:
Britain has contributed £548m to Covax and we will also donate the vast majority of any surplus doses from our domestic vaccination programme.
But in the heat of emergency, we must all strive even harder. So I want the G7 to adopt an exacting yet profoundly necessary target: to provide one billion doses to developing countries in order to vaccinate everyone in the world by the end of next year.
With Joe Biden announcing a 5oom-dose donation last night, and the UK announcing a 100m-dose donation this morning, Johnson is already 60% there.
He also says he wants to set up a “global pandemic radar”, and set a 100-day target for the time it will take the world to prepare vaccines and treatments for any future virus. He says:
So we need to strengthen our collective ability to prevent another pandemic and provide early warning of future threats, including by creating a network of surveillance centres – a global pandemic radar.
Our scientists took just 300 days to crack Covid and produce the vaccines, but we need to be able to respond even more rapidly. This G7 summit will begin a new effort to accelerate the development of vaccines, treatments and tests for any new virus from 300 to 100 days.
You can follow the day’s G7 news over on Andrew Sparrow’s live blog, which has just launched. I’ll be continuing on this blog with all the latest coronavirus news from the UK and around the world.
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