US President Joe Biden, who is in the UK for the Group of Seven Summit, met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday.
This comes as calls have intensified to further investigate the origins of Covid-19.
The origin of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 remains a mystery even after more than 1.5 years, the first case of infection was reported in the city of Wuhan in China.
Now scientists and countries are calling for more research to determine whether the virus originated naturally or leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan.
“We will also support a timely, transparent and evidence-based independent process for the next phase of the Covid-19 origins study convened by the WHO, including in China, and to investigate outbreaks of unknown origin in the future,” a statement was issued. joint. after two leaders spoke, read on.
According to the joint statement, Biden and Johnson set out a global vision in a new Atlantic Charter to deepen cooperation in democracy and human rights, defense and security, science and innovation, and economic prosperity, with renewed joint efforts to address the challenges posed by climate change, biodiversity loss and emerging threats to health.
In a joint statement, Boris Johnson and Biden said they are determined to work together to overcome the current pandemic, which has reversed progress in improving the human condition, and to be better prepared for the future.
Reflecting the shared strength of the US and the UK in science and technology, the two leaders are committed to enhancing cooperation to address worrying variants and threats of emerging infectious diseases with pandemic or epidemic potential.
“We will work together to help increase the global supply of vaccines by investing in the manufacture of safe and effective vaccines and the materials needed to produce them. We will promote the timely availability of vaccines, key components and equipment by encouraging bilateral trade and investment and avoiding the export restrictions or other supply chain disruption, “the statement read.
The joint statement noted that the UK and the US will work together and with like-minded member states to implement the WHO strengthening resolution adopted at the World Health Assembly in May 2021.
In addition to health, the two leaders held a discussion on a variety of topics including trade, climate, science, and defense.
On defense, Boris and Biden agreed to work together to further strengthen and modernize NATO and increase their common funding.
“We will work together to further strengthen and modernize NATO, and increase its common funding, so that the Alliance can leverage the full range of military and non-military capabilities to address new and existing threats, including malicious cyber activity and attacks that test the resilience of our societies, “the statement said.
On climate change, the two leaders said they are committed to achieving an ambitious outcome at COP26 and to the collective goal of developed countries to mobilize USD 100 billion annually by 2025 from a wide variety of public and private sources in the context. of significant mitigation actions. and transparency in implementation.