United Kingdom hails G7 declaration on preventing future pandemics

Brenda Watkins
June 13, 2021

The summit will take place in the Cornish seaside resort town of Carbis Bay.

This is their first one-on-one meeting in almost two years and notably the first participation for US President Joe Biden.

The leaders were met by the Prime Minister and Carrie Johnson as they arrived at the summit in Cornwall and posed for a "family photograph" ahead of their discussions. Guest invitations have also been sent out to nations including Australia, India, South Korea and South Africa.

The leaders opened the three-day meeting Friday with expectations of a pledge to donate one billion vaccine doses to poor countries this year and next, which campaigners said was much too slow to end the crisis immediately.

Leaders attending the G7 summit in Cornwall are expected to agree the "Carbis Bay Declaration", which will set out a series of commitments aimed at preventing a repeat pandemic on the global scale of Covid-19.

That will follow a reception for the G7 leaders Friday evening hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Cornwall's Eden Project, an exhibition that showcases the world's ecological riches.

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Climate change, the global economy and how to deal with China are also expected to be key topics.

On Saturday's foreign policy agenda, this year's coup in Myanmar and crackdown on pro-democracy supporters in Belarus are expected to figure, alongside tensions with Russian Federation and China.

It will be called the "Carbis Bay Declaration".

"That means learning lessons from the last 18 months and doing it differently next time around". Among them, reducing the time required for the development and authorization of vaccines and treatments for any disease in less than 100 days, strengthening global surveillance networks and genomic sequencing capacity, and support to reform and strengthen the World Health Organization (WHO), reports BBC.

In a statement the force says: "As part of our testing regime, during the early hours of 11 June we have identified one officer who is now supporting G7 policing and accommodated on the ferry has given a positive lateral flow test for covid".

Dr Tedros stressed that "the world needs a stronger global surveillance system to detect new epidemic and pandemic risks".

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