What happened: Leaders of the G7 summit had their first in-person talks in nearly two years on Friday. Hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Carbis Bay. Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States all agreed that a joint approach would be the most effective in countering the global health crisis. They pledged to donate one billion Covid-19 vaccines to low-income countries in an attempt to show Western democratic cohesion. Furthermore, they also planned an initiative to grant more help in advancing the infrastructure of developing nations to promote a climate-friendly, non-corrupt environment. The G7 ultimately aims to compete with the ‘vaccine diplomacy‘ and debt fuel spending that China and Russia have embarked upon.
The response: Many critics claim that the summit was a little too late as Covid-19 had already done considerable damage. They added that it was a failure, if only 1 billion doses for donations were all the G7 leaders could commit to. Oxfam insisted that at least 11 billion doses were promptly in developing nations. Especially because bi-lateral deals by high-income countries had already made vaccine distribution unfair.
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