UK Prime Minister calls on G7 leaders to vaccinate the world by end of 2022

The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has called for his fellow G7 leaders to commit to ambitious target of vaccinating the world by the end of 2022 at the forthcoming G7 Leaders Summit on June 11-13, 2021 in Cornwall, UK.

Johnson highlighted that in order to achieve this, G7 leaders must commit to stepping up the manufacturing of vaccines, lowering the barriers to distribution especially around costs, and sharing more surplus doses with low-income countries bilaterally and via COVAX.

The UK government is the largest donor to the COVAX initiative and will later this week announce how many surplus vaccines it will share with low-income countries.

The Prime Minister will also call at the G7 Leaders’ Summit for G7 countries to support the new Global Pandemic Radar – a global surveillance system aimed at ensuring early identification of new vaccine-resistant variants to help ensure the efficacy of vaccination programs.

Press release - UK government