In a “big step towards vaccinating the world,” according to PM Boris Johnson, G7 leaders pledged one billion covid vaccine doses for poor countries at the summit in Cornwall. Their first meeting in two years. Half of these doses will be donated by the United States while the UK will donate 100 million.
Charities and campaigners, however, criticised the plan for not being enough to deal with the global crisis. According to the charity, Oxfam, the world requires 11 billion doses to end the pandemic since most people need two doses.
“If the best G7 leaders can manage is to donate 1 billion vaccine doses then this summit will have been a failure,” Oxfam’s health policy manager Anna Marriott said.
Speaking to Sky’s Trevor Phillips on Sunday programme, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown dubbed the summit an “unforgivable moral failure” due to the gap in vaccinations between rich and poor nations. “When we needed 11 billion vaccines, we’ve only got offered a plan for one billion,” he added.
While the head of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, welcomed the move he warned that if people in developing countries were not inoculated quickly, the virus could mutate further and become resistant to the new vaccines.
“We need more than that,” he said of the G7 plan. “We need a global vaccination plan. We need to act with a logic, with a sense of urgency, and with the priorities of a war economy, and we are still far from getting that.”
Vaccination efforts so far are heavily correlated with wealth: United States, Europe, Israel and Bahrain are far ahead of other countries. A total of 2.2 billion people have been vaccinated according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Mr Johnson rejected suggestions the vaccines pledge was a moral failure by the G7. He said that “we are going flat out and we are producing vaccines as fast as we can, and distributing them as fast as we can.”
The G7 summit was also criticised for not effectively addressing climate change ahead of COP26.
“The G7’s reaffirmation of the previous $100 billion a year target doesn’t come close to addressing the urgency and scale of the crisis. When it comes to climate finance, empty rhetoric won’t pay the bills or deliver the action needed to avert climate catastrophe,” said ActionAid International’s climate policy coordinator, Teresa Anderson
From : pk.mashable.com