G7 pledges to distribute more than a billion doses and calls for further investigation into the origins of the virus

Boris Johnson at the G7 summit in England on June 13, 2021. – PHIL NOBLE / POOL / AFP

The G7 has agreed to distribute more than a billion vaccines against the coronavirus by the end of 2022 in the hope of eradicating the pandemic, the British Prime Minister announced on Sunday after the summit of country leaders industrialized in England.

“I have asked my counterparts to help prepare and deliver the doses needed to immunize the world by the end of 2022,” Boris Johnson said at a press conference. “The leaders are committed to more than a billion doses” by financing them or via the Covax sharing device, he added.

The G7 also indicated in its final press release, requesting a further investigation by the World Health Organization (WHO) into the origins of the coronavirus. This investigation must be “transparent” and “led by experts”, underlined the leaders of the G7 in the final communiqué published at the conclusion of the summit, the first to be held in person in nearly two years.

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