The UNICEF letter reminded G7 nations that the virus sees no borders and that with mutant strains, people will be safe only when everyone has access to vaccines.
Today is the start of the 47th G7 Summit. Withheld after an interval of one year due to COVID-19 pandemic, the annual three-day summit will continue until Sunday, June 13. It takes place in Cornwall, UK. Members of the Group of 7 include the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan. This year’s guests are the leaders of Australia, India, South Korea and South Africa, along with the European Union.
At the beginning of the G7 Summit, the UK announced who will be donating 100 million surplus COVID-19 vaccines to the world. Eighty percent of the doses will go to the COVAX initiative and will be distributed as they see fit. The remaining 20 percent will be distributed bilaterally to countries that need it. In the coming weeks, the UK will distribute 5 million doses until the end of September. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also pledged to provide an additional 95 million doses in the next year, with another 25 million by the end of 2021.
This comes a day after the president of the United States, Joe Biden, announced that the United States will donate 500 million doses of vaccines.
“We are going to help lift the world out of this pandemic by working together with our global partners,” Biden said.
Today, I announce that the United States will donate 500 million new Pfizer vaccines to 92 low- and lower-middle-income countries.
These Pfizer vaccines will save millions of lives around the world and will be produced thanks to the power of American manufacturing.
– President Biden (@POTUS) June 10, 2021
Commenting on the announcement of Biden’s vaccine donation, French President Emmanuel Macron said Europe should do the same. He also claimed that France would share at least 30 million doses worldwide before the end of the year.
Make vaccines a global public good. Vaccinate the world. Now. That is the responsibility of the G7. That is the ambition that France has.
– Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 10, 2021
“I think the European Union needs to have at least the same level of ambition as the United States,” he told a news conference. The Associated Press. “It’s almost more important to say how many (doses) we deliver next month than to make promises that will be kept 18 months from now.”
G7 leaders are also expected to donate at least 1 billion doses of vaccines to the world through dose distribution and funding. During the summit, they will discuss a plan to “expand vaccine manufacturing in order to achieve that goal.”
G7 leaders are expected to agree to commit one billion coronavirus vaccine doses to end the pandemic in 2022.
The UK will donate at least 100 million surplus doses over the next year, including 5 million in the coming weeks.
– G7 UK (@ G7) June 10, 2021
While the news about vaccine sharing initiatives is very good, it came after several prominent world leaders, ministers, celebrities and health agencies pleaded with developed nations to do so.
UNICEF has wrote a letter to the Group of 7 leaders entitled “An Open Letter About Vaccine Dose DonationsAround 30 celebrities, including singers, footballers and actors have also signed the letter to show their support.
Among the other signatories to the letter, which included several UNICEF goodwill ambassadors, were actors Liam Neeson, Orlando Bloom, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Whoopi Goldberg, Gemma Chan, Sofia Carson, Claudia Schiffer, Téa Leoni, Ewan McGregor, Lucy Liu. , Alyssa Milano, David Harewood, Olivia Colman.
Singers like P! Nk, Billie Eilish, Liam Payne, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Angelique Kidjo, José Manuel Calderón and even athletes such as David Beckham, Leo Messi, Juan Manuel López Iturriaga, Sergio Ramos, Fernando Alonso, Andy Murray, Sir Chris Hoy, Pau Gasol and Ramla Ali.
The letter asks the G7 to promise at least 20 percent of its June-August supply, which amounts to 150 million doses.
Dear world leaders …
The pandemic won’t end anywhere until it ends everywhere, and that means getting vaccines to every country, fast.
Join our goodwill ambassadors and supporters in calling on the rich G7 countries to #DonateDosesNow.
– UNICEF (@UNICEF) June 8, 2021
It began with: “The world has spent a year and a half fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, but the virus is still spreading in many countries and producing new variants with the potential to put us all back where we started. This means more school closings, more interruptions in health care and greater economic consequences, threatening the future of families and children everywhere. “
They also reminded them that the virus sees no borders and that with mutant strains, people will be safe only when everyone has access to vaccines.
“The pandemic will not end anywhere until it ends everywhere, and that means getting vaccines to all countries, as quickly and equitably as possible.”
We need the world to come together.
We need to fight as one.
– UNICEF (@UNICEF) June 10, 2021
Chopra, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador saying, “The crisis at home in India and throughout the South Asian region is devastating. This deadly wave of COVID-19 it is putting enormous pressure on healthcare facilities across India, with hospital beds, essential medical supplies and oxygen running low. “
“… we must act now to prevent more deadly mutations from ravaging low- and middle-income nations around the world. UNICEF and its COVAX partners are ensuring that vaccines and treatments reach the world’s most vulnerable populations, but they cannot do it alone. A clear solution to this is for the G7 countries to commit to sharing their surplus COVID-19 doses of vaccines immediately with the countries whose health workers and vulnerable populations need them most. “
The letter also states that COVAX is 190 million doses below vaccine doses, which means that people are at risk of contracting the virus and even dying. While countries have said they will donate vaccines later in the year, it could be too late.
According to UNICEF analysis, the letter indicates that the G7 countries have the surplus doses to donate 20 percent of their vaccines between June and August, which exceeds 150 million doses. This will not affect your own home inoculation campaigns.
According to a UN Blog, UNICEF also warned that millions of doses could be wasted if rich countries send their donations in one go rather than distribute them throughout the year. A roadmap needs to be created to ensure a “constant supply (of vaccine doses) throughout the year, as poor countries lack the resources” to store the doses and also to inoculate their citizens.
Lily Caprani, UNICEF’s director of vaccines, said BBC that countries needed to vaccinate their own populations at the same time as the rest of the world.
“At some point, without a doubt, we will have to vaccinate those under 18,” he said. “But the priority right now must be to make sure all vulnerable and priority groups around the world get vaccinated.”
“So we are saying that countries like the UK and the G7 need to donate their doses to those low-income countries now, while they continue to vaccinate their populations at home.”
Letter from former heads of state and ministers
Around 100 former heads of state and other prominent ministers have written to the G7 Summit asking them to help developing countries vaccinate their people. Signatories even include former UK Prime Ministers Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, former Irish President Mary Robinson and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, former UK Foreign Development Minister Lynda Chalker, Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson, Wellcome Trust Director Sir Jeremy Farrar, Nobel Laureate in Economics Bengt Holmström and economist Lord O’Neill.
They are also joined by former UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon and 15 former African leaders, including Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, John Mahama of Ghana and FW de Klerk of South Africa.
“The G7 and G20 support that makes vaccines easily accessible to low- and middle-income countries is not an act of charity, but is in the strategic interest of all countries,” the letter says.
“That the G7 pay is not charity, it is self-protection to prevent the disease from spreading, mutating and threatening us all again.”
“Costing just 30 pence ($ 0.43) per person per week in the UK is a small price to pay for the best insurance policy in the world,” they said in the letter.
The letter also states that the G7 countries must lead the way in sharing doses, licensing agreements and temporary patent exemptions that will allow all countries to start manufacturing the vaccines, he reported. The Guardian.
“The alignment of global economic policy is vital. We were fortunate that, during the last year, in the first COVID-19 In the recovery phase, most countries followed similar policies, resulting in an acceptable level of policy alignment. What we need now, in this next phase, is an agreed global growth plan with coordinated monetary and fiscal interventions to avoid an uneven and unbalanced recovery, and to guarantee a more inclusive, equitable and greener future ”, he adds.