Sumary of “We need more”: UN joins criticism of G7 vaccine pledge:
- Antonio Guterres warned that if people in developing countries were not inoculated quickly, the virus could mutate further and become resistant to the new vaccines..
- US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had used the G7 summit in England to announce the donation of 500 million and 100 million vaccines respectively for the world poorest nations..
- Canada is expected to commit to sharing up to 100 million doses and other pledges may follow after Johnson urged G7 leaders to help inoculate the world nearly 8 billion people against the coronavirus by the end of next year..
- Former British prime minister Gordon Brown, who has been pushing for richer countries to share more of the cost of vaccinating developing countries, said the G7 pledges were more akin to “passing round the begging bowl”.
- British foreign minister Dominic Raab warned that other countries were using vaccines as diplomatic tools to secure influence….