With their adoption of an action plan to combat it in the future
The G7 summit aspires to achieve “historic” progress in addressing epidemics
Oxfam activists wear caps depicting G7 leaders during a climate protest near the summit headquarters.
Yesterday, the leaders of the seven major countries expressed their determination to achieve “historic” progress, as they approved an action plan to combat future epidemics, during a summit they are holding to show unity in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.
The heads of state and government of Germany, France, Italy, Britain, Canada, Japan and the United States, during the Group of Seven summit, held today in southwest England, showed their agreement when taking the traditional memorial photo, the day before yesterday, and during a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II in their honor.
Before continuing yesterday's informal talks about a barbecue on the beach, the leaders yesterday entered the heart of the research topics by addressing ways to combat the health crisis.
After promising vaccines for poor countries, leaders are seeking ways to avoid a repeat of the global catastrophe we are currently witnessing.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on Twitter, welcomed the "Carbis Bay Declaration" proposed by the Group of Seven, to prevent future epidemics, as a "historic moment".
"Under this agreement, the world's leading democracies will commit themselves to preventing a global pandemic from happening again, and ensuring that the devastation caused by COVID-19 is not repeated," he wrote in a tweet.
The document stipulates a series of pledges to prevent the outbreak of a new pandemic, including reducing the deadline for developing vaccines, treatments and diagnostics, in the hope that the world will be ready in less than 100 days to confront an emergency disease.
As for the second part of the text, it deals with strengthening health supervision and implementing a reform of the World Health Organization in order to strengthen it, a goal that is difficult to achieve without the participation of China, which considers the Group of Seven a “clique” formed by Washington.
The announcement does not resolve the thorny issue of lifting patents for vaccines in order to speed up their production, which is supported by the United States and France, while Germany opposes.
Oxfam considers the G7 to be too lenient with pharmaceutical companies.
The non-governmental organization declared that "this announcement does not solve the fundamental problems that prevent the availability of vaccines to the majority of humanity", in exchange for giving up private ownership of patents.
The leaders of the seven countries will hold continuous working sessions to discuss health, diplomacy and economic issues.
China and Russia will be at the center of the talks on foreign policy issues, at a time when leaders have warned that they intend to affirm their liberal democratic "values".
"The issue is not about pressuring countries to choose between the United States and China, but about proposing another vision and another approach," a senior US official said.
In this regard, the Group of Seven approved, yesterday, a large-scale global plan for infrastructure aimed at poor and emerging countries, put forward by Joe Biden and aimed at competing with the Chinese "New Silk Roads" plan.
The "Rebuilding the World Better" plan seeks to help these countries rise after the Covid-19 epidemic, focusing on the climate, health, the digital sector, and combating social disparity, the White House announced in a statement.
This first summit, held in attendance about two years ago, also provides an opportunity to achieve progress between the various countries on controversial bilateral issues.
Boris Johnson, who is participating in his first summit since his country left the European Union on January 1, has been holding successive bilateral meetings since the morning, bringing him together with Macron, Merkel and European Commission President Ursula vu der Leyen. These meetings are held at a time when London seeks to soften the terms of the Brexit agreement, related to Northern Ireland, which confuse the supply process and anger the unionists, which angers Brussels, which has threatened to impose trade sanctions. As for the British government, it assures that it will never accept anything that challenges the unity of the United Kingdom. Yesterday, Johnson warned that London would "not hesitate" to bypass the terms of the Brexit deal related to Northern Ireland if the Europeans did not show flexibility.For his part, Macron expressed his readiness to re-launch French-British relations, but "stressed that this renewal of commitment presumes that the British respect the promises they made to the Europeans, and the framework set by the Brexit agreements," according to what the Elysee Palace announced after the bilateral meeting, on the sidelines of the G7 summit. .
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