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Boris hails G7 pledge of 1 billion jabs for poorer countries and quips ‘England can catch up on press conference later’

BORIS Johnson today hailed the G7’s pledge to dish out a total of one billion jabs to poorer countries around the world.

The Prime Minister marked the end of the G7 Summit in Cornwall with a press conference this afternoon – just minutes after England kicked off its first Euros match.

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Boris Johnson hailed the G7’s pledge of 1 billion jabs to countries across the world[/caption]

The PM began by saying how sorry he was that the England team would not be able to watch him speak live, but hopes “following their resounding victory” they will be able to “catch up on the triumphs of the G7 later”.

He went on to praise the G7’s commitments to the Covid vaccine effort, telling journalists: “We need to vaccinate the whole world by the end of 2022.

“I am very pleased to announced that this weekend leaders have pledged over 1 billion doses either directly or through funding to Covax.

“That includes 100million from the UK to the world’s poorest countries which is another big step towards vaccinating the world.”

Leaders from the UK, US, France, Germany, Canada, Italy and Japan converged on Carbis Bay for the G7 Summit this weekend.

Ahead of their meeting, Mr Johnson called on them to draw up plans “vaccinate the world by the end of the year”.

Poorer countries have warned they remain vulnerable to vicious outbreaks because of a low stockpile of doses.

And the PM urged counterparts to bolster manufacturing for vaccines, tear down barriers for global distribution and give leftover doses to countries in need.


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