G7 leaders will agree on plans to reduce future epidemics
The G7 leaders are expected to agree on Sunday to pledge to implement a series of measures to ensure that a global pandemic like COVID-19 does not occur again.
The Carbis Bay Declaration, named after the southern British community hosting the summit, was first proposed by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Senior officials of the World Health Organization gave qualified praise to the initiative on Saturday, warning that the international community still needs to find a way out of the current crisis.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reiterated to the leaders of the world’s top industrialized countries that health institutions have set a goal to fully immunize 70% of the world’s population by this time next year.
“This is absolutely correct. We need a bigger, better, and faster future, and we should be as ambitious as you proposed,” Tedros said in a video technical briefing on Saturday night. “In addition to preparing for the future, the question everyone on the planet is asking is how and when we will end this epidemic.”
The WHO proposal will require the production and management of 11 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine by mid-2022.
“We are a race in our lives, but it is not a fair game. Most countries have not left the starting line,” Tedros said.
Canada donated or paid 100 million injections
At the conclusion of the G7 summit on Sunday, leaders are expected to outline how their pledge to donate 1 billion doses of vaccine to developing countries will be realized.
The announcement will include detailed information on how Canada plans to achieve its goal of giving or paying 100 million vaccines — a figure that the Liberal government quietly promised at the beginning of the summit.
G7 leaders discussed global health issues with colleagues from South Korea, South Africa, Australia and India, as well as the UN Secretary-General.
The leaders of the pandemic declaration are expected to sign a series of specific commitments, including the goal of shortening the development time of future vaccines to less than 100 days.
Other commitments include a commitment to strengthen the global surveillance network and genome sequencing.
The laboratory leak theory is still valid
Also on Saturday, Tedros said that more investigation into the origin of COVID-19 is needed, and he refused to rule out the theory that it was accidentally leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
“We need China’s cooperation,” he said. “We need transparency to understand and understand or find the origin of this virus.”
Last month, US President Joe Biden ordered US intelligence agencies “double the effort Investigate the origin of the coronavirus pandemic, including the possibility that it came from the laboratory rather than spreading from animals to humans.
Tan Desai talked about the millions of people who have died from the virus and the countless people who have suffered.
“This is a very tragic thing, and I think the respect these people deserve is to know what the origin of this virus is, so we can prevent it from happening again,” he said.
WHO is preparing for the second phase of the investigation of the origin of the virus.