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G7 summit outlines health pact to stop future pandemics

The artwork 'Mount Trashmore' overlooking St Ives Bay in Cornwall. Pollution and the climate crisis will be key issues raised during the G7 summit in Cornwall this week G7 summit to open soon in Cornwall, England
Adrian Cunningham | 13 June, 2021, 07:24

US President Joe Biden arrived with a message of solidarity and resolve in stark contrast to the isolationist stance of his predecessor Donald Trump.

The club of leading economies - Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and United States - say a joint approach is the world's best chance for recovering from the global health crisis, and tackling climate change.

G7 leaders are set to agree a declaration Saturday aimed at preventing another pandemic, and try to showcase Western democratic cohesion on China and Russian Federation, at their first in-person summit in nearly two years.

The G7 chiefs will be joined over the weekend by the leaders of Australia, South Africa, South Korea, the United Nations and European Union, with India joining remotely.

Leaders attending the G7 summit in Cornwall are expected to agree the "Carbis Bay Declaration", which will set out a series of commitments aimed at preventing a repeat pandemic on the global scale of Covid-19.

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Group of Seven (G7) foreign ministers began their consultations in early May to discuss Western pushback against Russian Federation and China, the Coronavirus, economic recovery and climate change.

The summit's foreign policy agenda will include relations with such countries as Russia, Belarus, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Iran, and Libya.

Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed officers carried out a vehicle stop on a auto and a van near Loggans Road in Hayle - about seven miles from the Carbis Bay Hotel. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is there for the last time. Among them, reducing the time required for the development and authorization of vaccines and treatments for any disease in less than 100 days, strengthening global surveillance networks and genomic sequencing capacity, and support to reform and strengthen the World Health Organization (WHO), reports BBC.

G7 leaders have gathered for their first in-person talks in almost two years, with an expected pledge to donate one billion Covid vaccine doses to poor countries on the agenda in a show of Western democratic cohesion.

"The world needs a stronger global surveillance system to detect new epidemic and pandemic risks", Tedros said.