In a virtual meeting hosted by the United Kingdom, G7 leaders addressed the need to distribute vaccines to billions of people in developing countries.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to donate the UK’s surplus, while U.S. President Joe Biden announced a $4-billion-dollar commitment to the global vaccine alliance known as COVAX. The pledges come after United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the distribution of vaccines quote “wildly uneven and unfair.”
CGTN’s Nicole Johnston begins our coverage with this report from London.
Joining the discussion:
- Victor Gao is a chair professor at Soochow University.
- Klaus Larres is a Distinguished Professor of History and International Affairs at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
- Nicolas Veron is a Senior Fellow with Bruegel and the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
- Harlan Ullman is the chairman of the Killowen Group and a senior adviser of the Atlantic Council.
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