G-7 commits to deliver 1 billion extra Covid-19 shots, says final communique, Europe News & Top Stories

LONDON (BLOOMBERG) – Group of Seven leaders promised to deliver at least one billion extra doses of Covid-19 vaccines over the next year, according to the final communique obtained by Bloomberg News.

Here are the highlights that cap a three-day summit hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Cornwall on the southern English coast.

On coronavirus:

“Total G-7 commitments since the start of the pandemic provide for a total of over two billion vaccine doses, with the commitments since we last met in February 2021, including here in Carbis Bay, providing for one billion doses over the next year.”

“Taken together, the dose equivalent of our financial contributions and our direct dose sharing mean that the G-7’s commitments since the start of the pandemic provide for a total of over two billion vaccine doses.”

“We also call for a timely, transparent, expert-led, and science-based WHO-convened Phase 2 Covid-19 Origins study, including, as recommended by the experts’ report, in China.”

On China:

G-7 “calling on China to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially in relation to Xinjiang and those rights, freedoms and high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong enshrined in the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law”.

On tax:

“We need a tax system that is fair across the world. We endorse the historic commitment made by the G-7 on June 5. We will now continue the discussion to reach consensus on a global agreement on an equitable solution on the allocation of taxing rights and an ambitious global minimum tax of at least 15 per cent on a country-by-country basis, through the G-20/OECD inclusive framework and look forward to reaching an agreement at the July meeting of G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors.”

On Russia:

“We reiterate our interest in stable and predictable relations with Russia, and will continue to engage where there are areas of mutual interest. We reaffirm our call on Russia to stop its destabilising behaviour and malign activities, including its interference in other countries’ democratic systems, and to fulfil its international human rights obligations and commitments.”

On transition away from diesel and gas cars:

“We commit to accelerate the transition away from new sales of diesel and petrol cars to promote the uptake of zero emission vehicles.”

On climate finance:

“Protect our planet supporting a green revolution that creates jobs, cuts emissions and seeks to limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees. We commit to net zero no later than 2050, halving our collective emissions over the two decades to 2030, increasing climate finance to 2025; and to protect or conserve at least 30 percent of our land and oceans by 2030. We acknowledge our duty to safeguard the planet for future generations.”