G7 leaders meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, after the global coronavirus pandemic forced a cancellation of last year’s event.
But the health crisis still presents UK hosts with a major challenge in preventing the virus from spreading among participants, AFP reports.
The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US will discuss post-pandemic reconstruction in particular at the three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.
The fair distribution of vaccines against Covid and climate change will also be on the agenda in the picturesque seaside resort in south-west England.
All leaders have been at least partially vaccinated against Covid-19.
They will be joined by their counterparts from the European Union and guests from Australia, India, South Korea and South Africa.
Most will attend in person, although Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate virtually due to the rapid spread of a new variant of the virus at home.
Typically, G7 summits are attended by thousands of journalists, but the number of accreditations this year has been drastically reduced due to social distancing requirements.
And most of those who have managed to get a pass will stay away, at a media center in Falmouth, 23 miles (36 kilometers) by road from Carbis Bay.