G7 provides 1 billion COVID vaccine doses

Group of Seven countries will provide one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses over twelve months.
Group of Seven countries will provide one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses over twelve months.

Group of Seven rich nations have pledged to provide one billion COVID-19 vaccinations to help poorer countries vaccinate their populations, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says.

"A week ago, I asked my fellow leaders to help in preparing and providing the doses we need to vaccinate the whole world by the end of 2022," Johnson told reporters on Sunday.

"I'm very pleased to announce that this weekend leaders have pledged over one billion doses either directly or through funding to COVAX."

Johnson was speaking at the end of a G7 leaders' summit in southwest England.

The commitment falls far short of the 11 billion doses the head of the World Health Organisation said is needed to vaccinate at least 70 per cent of the world's population by mid-2022 and truly end the pandemic.

The Group of Seven leaders are expected to make other commitments after their three-day summit, which Johnson hosted.

The G-7 nations are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

With AP

Australian Associated Press