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G7 leaders convene summit drive for billion jabs

(L-R) President of the European Council Charles Michel, US President Joe Biden, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italy’s Prime minister Mario Draghi, France’s President Emmanuel Macron and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen pose for the family photo at the start of the summit © AFP / Ludovic MARIN

Carbis Bay (United Kingdom) (AFP), Jun 11 – G7 leaders were greeted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on Friday after opening their first in-person talks in nearly two years, touting an expected pledge to donate one billion Covid vaccine doses to poor countries in a show of revived Western democratic unity.

The club of leading economies — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and United States — say a joint approach is the world’s best chance for recovering from the global health crisis, and tackling climate change.

Welcomed by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to the beachside summit venue in Carbis Bay, southwest England, the leaders posed for a family photo before opening their first session of talks on “building back better” after the pandemic.

Later Friday, the queen, 95, heir to the throne Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met the G7 leaders at a reception at Cornwall’s Eden Project, an exhibition that showcases the world’s ecological riches.

The three-day G7 meeting presents a “huge opportunity” for global recovery after Covid-19, Johnson told his fellow leaders in opening remarks earlier, as they sat socially distanced and without masks at a round table.

The summit will focus, he said, on “building back greener, building back fairer and building back more equal”, with an emphasis on gender equality.

The G7 will also agree a new joint health pact — the Carbis Bay Declaration — to ensure “never again will we be caught unawares”, Johnson announced late Friday.

G7 leaders convene summit drive for billion jabs

The Queen hosted G7 leaders at Cornwall’s Eden Project, an exhibition that showcases the world’s ecological riches © POOL/AFP / Jack Hill

Its commitments include cutting the time taken to develop and license vaccines, treatments and diagnostics for any future disease to under 100 days.

The declaration will be published Sunday alongside the traditional final communique.

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