World: G7 Summit Leaders to Sign Anti-Pandemic Health Accord

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  • G7 to focus on re-enforcement of resources to avoid tackling future pandemics
  • 'Carbis Bay Declaration' proposed
  • WHO stands in unity with the G7 accord

World: The G7 Summit leaders on Saturday will commit to re-enforcing their resources to ensure the devastation caused by the pandemic is kept at bay.

On the second day of the Summit, the leaders are expected to sign the “Carbis Bay Declaration” to submit to the above commitments. 

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson inaugurated the summit with a plea to tackle global inequality. 

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G7 countries and guests will be joined by the UK’s chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance and Melinda French Gates who will present their “100-day mission” to speed up the time it takes to develop vaccines, treatments and diagnostics. 

The G7 declaration aims to cut down the production period of a vaccine to 100 days and re-enforce global surveillance networks and genomic sequencing capacity.

Mr Johnson in the summit pledged to donate more than 100 million COVID vaccines to poorer countries within the next year, while US President and Pfizer CEO announced to donate 500 million doses to 92 low- and middle-income countries and African Union. 

Expressing views on the Carbis Bay Health Declaration, WHO  Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “We welcome the Carbis Bay Health Declaration, particularly as the world begins to recover and rebuild from the Covid-19 pandemic. Together we need to build on the significant scientific and collaborative response to the Covid-19 pandemic and find common solutions to address many of the gaps identified. To this end WHO welcomes and will take forward the UK’s proposal for a Global Pandemic Radar. As we discussed, the world needs a stronger global surveillance system to detect new epidemic and pandemic risks.”

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