G-7 Vows ‘equitable’ World Vaccine Access, But Details Scant

Britian's Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosts a virtual meeting of G7 world leaders, from within the Cabinet Room at Downing Street in London, Friday Feb. 19, 2021. Johnson is chairing a virtual meeting Friday with leaders of the Group of Seven economic powers, holding their first meeting of 2021. (Geoff Pugh/Pool via AP)

(AP) — Leaders of the Group of Seven economic powers have promised to immunize the world’s neediest people against the coronavirus by giving money and precious vaccine doses to a U.N.-backed vaccine distribution effort. But the leaders are also under pressure over the pace of their vaccination campaigns at home, and they didn’t say exactly how much they were willing to share with the developing world or when.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said after a meeting of G-7 leaders that “no vaccination appointment in Germany is going to be endangered” by sending vaccines abroad.

Wealthy nations have snapped up hundreds of millions of vaccine doses, while some countries in the developing world have little or none.


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