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More than 100 former world leaders have called on the G7 countries to pay for most of the world’s COVID-19 vaccines to protect themselves from the threat posed by variants of the virus.
In the letter seen The keeperformer world leaders, including British Prime Ministers Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, and former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, have called on G7 countries to cover the cost of vaccinating people against coronavirus worldwide – roughly $ 30 billion a year …
The G7, which includes the world’s major powers, is meeting this Friday in Cornwall, England for the first in-person summit since the coronavirus pandemic began.
“2020 has witnessed the failure of global cooperation, but 2021 could usher in a new era. Nobody is safe from Covid-19 anywhere until everyone is safe, ”the former leaders wrote.
They argue that the associated costs are affordable and necessary to ensure that new COVID-19 variants do not undermine current vaccination efforts.
“The support from the G7 and G20 that makes vaccines readily available to low- and middle-income countries is not an act of charity, but rather is in the strategic interest of each country, as described in the IMF. [International Monetary Fund] “the best public investment in history,” they added.
“For the G7, paying is not charity, it is self-defense to stop the spread, mutation and return of a disease that threatens all of us,” Brown added in the letter. “The cost of only 30p ($ 0.43) per person per week in the UK is a small price to pay for the best insurance policy in the world.”
Other notables to add their names to the letter include former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Irish President Mary Robinson and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson.
They also pointed to a Save the Children poll in which 79 percent of UK residents said they believed the G7 should pay to make the world safe. They also called on G7 countries to lead dose sharing, licensing agreements and patent waivers so that pharmaceutical companies share their technology and skills and support vaccine production in other countries.
The current British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to similarly urge the G7 countries to fund worldwide vaccination efforts…
“Vaccinating the world by the end of next year will be the greatest feat in medical history,” Johnson said in a statement Sunday.
IN USA, President BidenJoe BidenFauci and Jill Biden visit New York City Vaccine Center Over 100 Former World Leaders Call on G7 Countries to Pay for Global COVID-19 Vaccination Ukrainian President begs Biden to meet with him before the summit with Putin MORE Currently facing increasing pressure do more to supply vaccines worldwide. While the US has pledged to provide 80 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to other countries around the world with the promise of more, advocacy groups argue that this is simply not enough.
The groups shared the concern of world leaders that a delay in vaccine distribution could allow variants of the virus to spread and prolong the pandemic.
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