British premier to call for joint vaccine distribution at G7summit

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London, Feb. 14 (BNA): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to call for international cooperation on vaccine distribution during the upcoming online G7 summit, the British government said early on Sunday.


The summit is to take place online on February 19 and will be hosted by Johnson, as Britain is currently holding the G7 presidency.


According to the government statement, Johnson would use the meeting to call for a global approach to vaccinations to "end to the nationalist and divisive politics that marred the initial response to coronavirus," Deutsche press agency (dpa) reported.


The initial months had shown that no country could be safe until every country was safe, and the distribution of vaccines provided an opportunity for global cooperation, the statement said.


"Quantum leaps in science have given us the vaccines we need to end this pandemic for good. Now world governments have a responsibility to work together to put those vaccines to the best possible use," Johnson was cited as saying.


"I hope 2021 will be remembered as the year humanity worked together like never before to defeat a common foe," Johnson said, according to the statement.


The G7 summit will be the first multilateral engagement for US President Joe Biden. The meeting is also to be attended by leaders from Germany, Canada, France, Italy and Japan, and the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission.


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