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Covid-19: G7 vaccine promises fail to meet scale of challenge, say critics

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: (Published 14 June 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1520


G7 leaders made few concrete health-related commitments at Carbis Bay

  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Tenterden, Kent

G7 leaders have committed themselves to provide one billion covid-19 vaccine doses for low and low-middle income countries over the next year, but the World Health Organization and campaigners said this falls far short of the 11 billion vaccine doses needed.

The Carbis Bay declaration signed at the G7 summit in Cornwall on 13 June also set out steps to prepare better for any future pandemic by improving early warning systems and increasing and coordinating global manufacturing capacity.1 And the 100 Days Mission to Respond to Future Pandemic Threats report, prepared by the pandemic preparedness partnership formed to advise the G7, set out recommendations to shorten the cycle for the development of vaccines, treatments, and tests from 300 to 100 days.2

Of the billion vaccine doses pledged, at least …

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