London: Britain has announced that the Group of Seven (G7) nations will provide 100 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine to the world by the end of 2022.
The UK is hosting the G7 summit in south-west England. The UK government said it would donate at least 10 crore surplus doses of the vaccine within the next year. Out of this, it will donate 50 lakh doses of the vaccine in the coming weeks.
The G-7 is an organization of the world's seven richest countries - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK).
This announcement has come at a time when rich countries are being asked to help less developed countries in coronavirus vaccination. Earlier, US President Joe Biden had announced to give 500 million doses of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to 100 poor countries free of cost. It was also said that other prosperous countries should follow this announcement.
Yesterday, French President Emmanuel Macron had welcomed the US commitment and said Europe should do the same. He said France would share at least 30 million doses globally by the end of the year.
Increasing pressure on G-7 countries
The leaders of the G-7 countries have faced increasing pressure to outline their global vaccine sharing plans. Clearly, there has been a great disparity in the supply of vaccines around the world. The US has a huge stockpile of the vaccine and its demand there has fallen drastically in recent weeks.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters on Wednesday that G-7 leaders are considering that the supply of the vaccine could be increased in a number of ways.