G7 leaders to hold summit in Cornwall, UK, starting Friday

Lula Sharp
June 13, 2021

On the eve of the summit, Biden, who is making his first foreign trip as president, announced that the USA will purchase 500 million doses from Pfizer and will supply half of all the vaccines set to be shared globally. "To be able to meet Joe Biden for the first time is of course something important, because he represents the commitment to multilateralism that we have lacked in recent years".

The participants will discuss ways to promote equal access to COVID-19 vaccines and strengthen global health security, with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson planning to use the summit to urge his colleagues to commit to vaccinating the entire world against COVID-19 by the end of 2022.

The G7 chiefs will be joined over the weekend by the leaders of Australia, South Africa, South Korea, the United Nations and European Union, with India joining remotely.

The declaration is named Carbis Bay Declaration after the seaside hotel where the in-person G7 summit is now being held in the English county of Cornwall.

That will follow a reception for the G7 leaders Friday evening hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Cornwall's Eden Project, an exhibition that showcases the world's ecological riches.

A renowned attraction showcasing the world's ecological riches, the site also hosted a G7 meeting with Prince Charles and 10 global business leaders to discuss ramping up sustainable growth.

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OPH said it was aware of 558 active cases with 25 people hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms, including four in ICU. The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary .

The leaders are debating a pledge to protect at least 30 percent of the world's land and oceans by 2030.

The G7 will on Sunday discuss tackling climate change and safeguarding global biodiversity, laying the groundwork for the UN's pivotal COP26 environmental summit in Scotland in November.

Police have closed off roads and coastal paths to Carbis Bay, the small seaside resort which is hosting the event, and erected a steel fence around the venue, with armed officers on patrol.

The steps to prevent future pandemics include slashing the time taken to develop and license vaccines, treatments and diagnostics for any future disease to under 100 days.

Dr Tedros stressed that "the world needs a stronger global surveillance system to detect new epidemic and pandemic risks".

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