World Leaders Pledge 1 Billion Vaccine Doses

President Cyril Ramaphosa was a guest at the G7 Summit of world leaders which concluded with a pledge by the wealthiest nations to supply more than 1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine to developing countries as they recognise that the global economy cannot fully recover until the disease is under control.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa was a guest at the G7 Summit of world leaders which concluded with a pledge by the wealthiest nations to supply more than 1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine to developing countries as they recognise that the global economy cannot fully recover until the disease is under control.

The meeting of the seven largest economies is hosted at different locations and this time it was the duty of the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The meeting was held at Carbis Bay in the county of Cornwall in England.  Leaders of the 7 biggest nations were joined by the leader of the European union, World Health Organisation leader Dr Tedros Ghalli and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, amongst others.

President Ramaphosa has been actively lobbying world leaders to provide more vaccines and healthcare services for the African continent to help in our efforts to keep the Covid-19 outbreak under control.

As the summit ended on Sunday the official statement made by host Prime Minister Boris Johnson said all the right things. Johnson announced that the summit leaders had agreed they must, "end the pandemic and prepare for the future by driving an intensified international effort, starting immediately, to vaccinate the world by getting as many safe vaccines to as many people as possible as fast as possible".

"Total G7 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".

Critics will be concerned that the end date which is 18 months away is far too long when many of the wealthiest countries have already vaccinated a majority of adults and are now ready to vaccinate children, who do not usually get very ill from Covid-19. 

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