This weekend at the G7 Leaders Summit in Cornwall, the leaders of the world pledged to share 1 billion doses of the Coronavirus Vaccine with other countries within the next year.
This announcement came on the final day of the summit. The significance of this pledge is that it will give doses of the vaccine to less fortunate countries that desperately need COVID relief aid. Currently only about 13 percent of the world’s population has been vaccinated, but about half of the population of the G7 nations residents have been vaccinated.
Kristalina Georgieva, the IMF’s managing director stated “This is a moral imperative, but it is a necessity for the economic recovery to stick, because we can’t have the world split into two tracks without negative consequences,” she also added that she herself believes that it is a step in the right direction, but she feels more can and should be done in order to succeed.
On top of the vaccine pledge, they also devised a plan to help create “collective defenses to threats to global health.” This would allow for early warning systems to be made, and also shorten the cycle of vaccine creation length.
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