On Saturday, British prime Minister Boris Johnson called for the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) rich nations to make a commitment to vaccinate the entire world against the deadly coronavirus by the end of next year.
Johnson will host the first in-person summit in almost a span of two years of G7 leaders. It will follow a meeting of the group’s finance ministers wrapped up earlier in the day. Johnson said he would seek a pledge to hit the global vaccination goal in two years.
According to a statement release by Johnson, “Vaccinating the world by the end of 2022 would be the single greatest feat in medical history…” He added, “I’m calling on my fellow G7 leaders to join us to fight this terrible pandemic and pledge we will never allow the devastation wreaked by coronavirus happen again.”
The three day summit which is scheduled to begin on Friday in Cornwall, southwest England will be attended by Germany, France, the United States, Italy, Japan, the European Union and Canada. It will also be the first overseas trip for the U.S President Joe Biden.
While the rich countries have vaccinated many citizens, the poor countries are facing acute shortage of doses. Until more COVID shots are donated, the virus will continue to havoc the countries. There is an urgent need for the rich countries to promote vaccination in the poorer countries by donating and aiding them.
The British Prime minister, Johnson has ordered more than 500 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine so far for its population of 67 million. It has confirmed that it will donate any shots that are in excess.