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11 June, 2021 10:14:08 PM / LAST MODIFIED: 13 June, 2021 10:39:25 AM
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UK PM tells G7 leaders we must learn lessons of pandemic

BBC, London
UK PM tells G7 leaders we must learn lessons of pandemic

Boris Johnson has told G7 leaders Boris Johnson the group needed to "learn lessons from pandemic" as the summit began in Cornwall.

Mr Johnson, who has made the pandemic recovery a key focus of the meetings, said the group were "united in our vision for a cleaner, greener world" and were "building back better".

He added the group would focus on "building back more equal. Maybe in a more gender neutral, a more feminine, way."

Mr Johnson also promised at least 100 million Covid-19 vaccines to countries in need amid growing concern about the inequality of global access to vaccines.

The group of seven leading industrialised nations are expected to collectively agree to provide a billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine in an effort to end the pandemic in 2022.

The leaders were met by the prime minister and Carrie Johnson as they arrived at the summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, and posed for a “family photograph” ahead of their discussions.

With the focus on avoiding the spread of coronavirus, Mr and Mrs Johnson bumped elbows with the visiting leaders in place of the pre-pandemic handshakes.

The seaside location led Mrs Biden to joke "I feel like we are at a wedding". while the newlywed Mr Johnson said it was like "walking down the aisle".

US President Biden urged the watching media to go swimming, quipping "everyone in the water".

Mr Johnson had a diplomatic triumph on Thursday when he met Mr Biden for the US President's first overseas talks.

But German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Washington next month, beating Mr Johnson to the White House.

Over the coming days, Mr Johnson will have talks with Mrs Merkel and other key EU players, including Mr Macron and the European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, as efforts continue to resolve the dispute over Northern Ireland's post-Brexit arrangements.

The politicians – including US President Joe Biden – will spend the day discussing issues including the pandemic before a lavish reception at the Eden Project attended by the Queen.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will also take part in their first G7 events, another milestone in their progression as senior royals.

The UK has gone back on a commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on overseas aid, cutting the amount to 0.5% due to the economic carnage caused by the pandemic.

But the donation of vaccines will count as extra aid spending on top of the £10 billion already promised under the reduced target.

Mr Johnson said “people will understand that there is a pandemic which could not have been foreseen at the time we made that commitment to 0.7% throughout this parliament” and they are “incredibly proud of what we’re doing in spite of the difficulties that we’re facing”.

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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