The prime minister has confirmed G7 leaders pledge to donate over a billion Covid vaccine doses to poorer countries.
They were expected to announce this at the summit in Cornwall, and have now given more details.
Boris Johnson told a press conference this afternoon: ‘I’m very pleased to announce that this weekend, leaders have pledged over one billion doses either directly or through funding to Covax.
‘That includes £100 million from the UK to the world’s poorest countries which is another big step towards vaccinating the world.
‘And that’s in addition to everything scientists and governments and the pharmaceutical industry have done so far to roll out one of the largest vaccination programmes in history.’
The prime minister joked that his press conference was taking place at the same time as the kick-off for England’s first Euros match, against Croatia, so the players would not be able to tune in.
He said that 96% of the vaccines delivered by Covax were made by Oxford AstraZeneca, which is selling them at cost so not making a profit.
The prime minister added: ‘This weekend our discussions went far beyond defeating the pandemic.
‘We looked towards the global recovery […] and we were clear we all need to build back better in a way that delivers for all our people and the people of the world.
‘That means preventing a pandemic like this from ever happening again, apart from anything else by establishing a global pandemic radar which will stop new diseases before they get the chance to spread.’
He added that leaders also wanted to ensure children around the world could access education.
‘At the G7 summit this weekend my fellow leaders helped the Global Partnership for Education, a organisation working to make sure that every child in the world is given the chance of a proper education, reach half of its five year fundraising goal including a £430 million donation from the UK,’ he said.
‘It’s an international disgrace that some children in the world are denied the chance to learn and reach their full potential.
‘And I’m very very pleased that the G7 came together to support that cause because educating all children, particularly girls, is one of the easiest ways to lift countries out of poverty and help them rebound from the coronavirus crisis.
‘With just one additional year of school, a girl’s future earnings can increase by 20%. I’m proud that G7 countries have agreed to get 40 million more girls into school and 20 million more reading by the end of primary school in the next five years.
‘The money that we have raised this week is a fantastic start.’