By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
(Worthy News) – The Group of Seven (G7) nations will provide 1 billion vaccine doses over the next year as part of a worldwide vaccinating plan, Worthy News learned.
They will work with the private sector, the Group of 20 (G20) industrialized nations, and other countries to increase the contribution over months to come.
An almost finalized draft of the communique says that the “commitments since we last met in February 2021 including here in Carbis Bay provide for 1 billion doses over the next year.”
It adds that “We will work together with the private sector, the G20 and other countries to increase this contribution over the months to come.”
Several sources said the draft had mainly been finalized by diplomats who worked late into Saturday night to agree on the text.
The World Health Organization put pressure on the world leaders to rollout more vaccines. “The challenge, I said to the G7 leaders, was that to truly end the pandemic, our goal must be to vaccinate at least 70 percent of the world’s population by the time the G7 meets again in Germany next year, ” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the summit in southwest England.
They also aim to introduce the first-ever global tax proposed by U.S. President Joe Biden, saying corporations should pay their “fair share of taxes.” Not all European Union countries agree, including Hungary, where Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has condemned the move.
The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States — also aim to show they are a better friend to poorer nations than authoritarian China.
Beijing is increasing its economic and political footprint throughout the world. The G7 leaders also planned to put more money and technology into what they believe is the problem of climate change threatening the earth.
A final communique of the first G7 in-person summit since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and related restrictions was due Sunday.
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