G7 leaders agree target to provide 1bn jabs to poorer countries

UK PM Boris Johnson

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# 13 June 2021 17:16 (UTC +04:00)

Speaking at his news conference, Boris Johnson begins by joking that he is disappointed the England football team cannot watch the press conference live, APA reports citing BBC.

He says the world is looking to the G7 leaders to move beyond the sometimes "nationalistic" and selfish initial responses to the pandemic

He says this weekend, leaders have pledged over one billion doses of the vaccines to poorer countries - either directly or via the Covax sharing scheme - including 100 million from the UK

It's "another big step towards vaccinating the world," says Johnson.

He also mentions the role of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab - "the world's most popular vaccine".

It's popular of course because it's being sold at cost to the world, says Johnson, calling it "an act of generosity" from AstraZeneca.

96% of the vaccines delivered by Covax have been Oxford/AstraZeneca, he says.

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