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G7 leaders open summit with drive for billion jabs

(LR) European Council Chairman Charles Michel, US President Joe Byden, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron, Member of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen Family photo at the start of the long summit

G7 leaders began a face-to-face meeting on Friday for the first time in almost two years, promising to donate a billion doses of the Covid vaccine to poor countries as an agenda to show democratic cohesion in the West.

Clubs in major economies such as the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States say the joint approach is the world’s best opportunity to recover from the global health crisis and tackle climate change. ..

Johnson sat at a social distance without a mask at the roundtable, so the conference presented a “great opportunity” for the recovery of the pandemic and his fellow leaders in the opening remarks. Told to.

US President Joe Biden abandons Donald Trump’s isolationist position as he heads for his first seat with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva next week, a message of G7 and NATO determination to both Beijing and Moscow I confessed. ..

“Let’s get to work”

Campaign participants are too few to pledge G7 vaccine donations this year and next year (including 500 million in the US), too late to end the pandemic that killed more than 3.7 million people worldwide. It says it’s too much.

However, the G7 intends to confront the competing “vaccine diplomacy” efforts launched by China and Russia, stressing that the Biden administration does not expect anything in return for the donated jabs.

The initiative “adopts a high-level, transparent, climate-friendly, non-corruptive mechanism” for infrastructure investment in developing countries, a senior US official said.

-‘Indestructible relationship’-

Johnson disliked the phrase “special relationship” decades ago, argued that Britain appeared to be subordinate to Washington, and told the BBC that it should be considered “indestructible” instead. ..

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab counterattacked on Friday after French President Emmanuel Macron launched Broadside over Britain’s retreat on a special post-Brexit deal in Northern Ireland.

At the end of Thursday, more than 3,000 pro-British supporters protested the “protocol” in Belfast. This effectively keeps Northern Ireland in the EU Customs Union and the Single Market.

Johnson wants to lighten up on Saturday’s beach barbecue, with his new wife Carrie and another G7 spouse joining, with a Sea Shanty band and toasted marshmallows around the fire pit.

Protecting global biodiversity is another G7 theme this weekend, with leaders agreeing to protect at least 30 percent of the world’s land and sea by 2030.

Like the G7, the UK wants to host COP26 directly and announces that it will provide vaccination to representatives from poor countries if it cannot be vaccinated otherwise. did.

“To tackle climate and natural emergencies, we need to see action, not just warm words,” Rebecca Newsam, political director of the Environmental Group, told AFP.

The G7 is also expected to adopt the UK’s plan to secure an additional 40 million girls’ school education by 2025 after the pandemic destroys educational opportunities for many around the world.

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