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FALMOUTH, ENGLAND – The managing director of the International Monetary Fund says there is a moral imperative for the world’s richest countries to support programs to end the COVID-19 pandemic, but the donation of surplus vaccines does not is just the first step.
Kristalina Georgieva’s comments at a virtual press conference at the Group of Seven summit on Sunday came after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hoped G-7 leaders would agree to provide at least $ 1 billion vaccine doses to the poorest countries. Aid groups have welcomed the donations, but are asking for money, increased production and logistical support to help developing countries where the virus still rages.
Georgieva said the donations are a good step, but more needs to be done to overcome the obstacles needed to fire.
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“It is a moral imperative, but it is a necessity for the economic recovery to be sustained, because we cannot divide the world in two without negative consequences,” Georgieva said.
While nearly half of the combined population of the G-7 countries have received at least one dose of the vaccine, the global figure is less than 13%. In Africa, it is only 2.2%.
“The war is not yet won,” she said.
FALMOUTH, England – Worshipers at a seaside resort in England say they were “stunned” when US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden came for a Sunday service.
The Bidens are in Cornwall in southwest England where the US president is attending a Group of Seven Wealthy Democracies summit. Sunday morning, before the summit concluded, they were seen attending mass at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in St. Ives.
âI think stunned is probably a very true word,â said Annie Fitzpatrick, 58. âIt’s pretty amazing, we walked into the church and they took some details from us and I thought it was a little unusual. About 10 minutes after the service the doors opened and President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden came in and sat down on the bench directly in front of me.
The president “quietly continued his prayer like everyone else was doing,” she said, adding: “He looked around and said peace be with you, and I was one of the ‘between them, so I’m delighted. I’m not sure I will ever be able to fully overcome this moment.
Gayle Wood, 63, said Biden appeared to be making a “very generous donation” to the church before he left.
FALMOUTH, England – Britain accuses the European Union of having the ‘offensive’ view that Northern Ireland is not fully part of the UK, as Brexit continues to cast a shadow over the summit of the Group of Seven.
Britain and the EU are fighting over post-Brexit trade deals that could ban British sausages from entering Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK that borders the 27-nation bloc. The dispute raises political tensions in Northern Ireland, where some people identify as British and others as Irish.
British media report that Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked French President Emmanuel Macron during their summit meeting in Carbis Bay, England, what he would feel if the Toulouse sausages could not be moved to Paris. They said Macron replied that the comparison was not working because Paris and Toulouse were part of the same country.
The French presidency has not denied that Macron made the comments. He said he meant âthat Toulouse and Paris were on a geographic unit of territory, Northern Ireland is on an island. The Chairman wished to point out that the situation was quite different and that it is not appropriate to make such a comparison.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the idea that Northern Ireland was not an integral part of the UK was “not only offensive, it has real effects on communities in Northern Ireland , creates great concern, great consternation “.
FALMOUTH, England – Group of Seven leaders discuss climate change on the last day of their summit in England, with naturalist David Attenborough warning they must take urgent action to avert a man-made environmental disaster.
All G-7 countries have pledged to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, but many environmentalists say it will be too late. The leaders also plan to announce new green finance plans to help poorer countries reduce their carbon emissions.
Attenborough, who is due to address leaders via video on Sunday, said the global warning and biodiversity loss are “beyond question”, as is “our societies and nations are unequal”.
He said that âthe question that science is forcing us to address specifically in 2021 is whether, because of these intertwined facts, are we on the verge of destabilizing the entire planet?
“If this is the case, then the decisions we make this decade – especially the decisions taken by the most economically advanced countries – are the most important in the history of mankind,” Attenborough said in comments. comments posted by the summit organizers.
FALMOUTH, England – The head of the World Health Organization welcomed the announcements of vaccine sharing from the Group of Seven summit, but said “we need more and we need it faster”.
âThe challenge,â I told G-7 leaders, âwas that to truly end the pandemic, our goal must be to immunize at least 70% of the world’s population by the time the G-7 meets. meet again in Germany next year, “he added. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters at the summit in southwest England on Saturday.
âTo do this, we need 11 billion doses,â Tedros said, adding that it was âessentialâ for countries to temporarily waive intellectual property protections for coronavirus vaccines.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, host of the summit, said the group will pledge at least 1 billion doses, with half coming from the United States and 100 million from Britain over the next year.
Tedros reiterated his goal of vaccinating 30% of the population of each country by the end of 2021. He said reaching the goal requires 100 million doses in June and July, and 250 million more by the end of 2021. September.
FALMOUTH, England – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie welcomed leaders from South Korea, Australia and South Africa, as well as the United Nations Secretary-General, to the Group of Seven summit which takes place on the coast of southwest England.
Executives bumped their elbows and posed for photos on Saturday on a pristine Cornwall beach.
The G-7 countries are the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan. The British government has said that invited nations are invited to attend the summit as part of Johnson’s “World Britain” program and that the larger group can help the G-7 “to intensify cooperation between democratic and technological nations. advances in the world â.
India has also been invited, but his delegation is not present in person due to the severe coronavirus outbreak in the country.
The leaders, whose three-day summit is due to end on Sunday, are expected to embark on a new plan, called the “Carbis Bay Declaration,” to reverse future pandemics within the first 100 days.
CARBIS BAY, England – French President Emmanuel Macron said it was good that US President Joe Biden was able to lead through cooperation, adding that the United States was “definitely” back as a partner in the ‘Europe.
Biden and Macron met at the Group of Seven summit in southwest England on Saturday, where they and other leaders of the world’s rich democracies discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the environment, national security, relations with China and economic issues.
Former US President Donald Trump took a contradictory approach with NATO allies, but Macron said Biden had shown that “leadership is partnership.”
The desire for cooperation goes both ways. Biden described the European Union as “incredibly strong and vibrant,” which he said not only helps tackle economic challenges, but also provides a backbone for NATO.
BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Joe Biden met on the sidelines of the G-7 summit in England.
A spokesperson for the German Chancellor tweeted two photos of the leaders sitting at a table in Carbis Bay on Saturday.
âAt noon on the second day of the G7 summit, the Chancellor spoke with US President Biden between business meetings,â the caption accompanying the photos read.
Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert gave no details of what the two discussed.
Merkel, who is stepping down later this year, plans to visit Biden in Washington next month. The president invited her to the White House earlier this week.
FALMOUTH, England – Hundreds of environmental protesters marched to the Cornish Sea shore on Saturday morning in a bid to attract the attention of world leaders and international media who traveled to the south west of England for the G-7 summit.
Some protesters paddled out to sea, while others sunk on the beach wearing masks over the leaders’ faces.
A crowd of surfers, kayakers and swimmers gathered on a Falmouth beach on Saturday for a “mass protest” organized by the Surfers Against Sewage group, which is campaigning for more action to protect the oceans.
US President Joe Biden and his fellow leaders of the Group of Seven Wealthy Democracies are gathering near the town of St. Ives for talks focused on the pandemic and climate change.
Earlier, Oxfam activists gathered on Falmouth Beach to protest climate change and put on masks representing the leaders attending the G-7 summit.
Max Lawson, Oxfam’s policy officer, said campaigners want G-7 countries – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK and US – to commit to further reducing emissions and finance to help poor countries adapt. to the impacts of climate change.
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