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G7 pledges extra $7bn towards Covid vaccines for world’s poorest

UN secretary general calls for new global emergency plan to ensure vaccines distributed equitably

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The G7 club of rich countries pledged nearly $7bn (£5bn) in extra funding on Friday to speed the distribution of Covid vaccines to the world’s poor, but the UN secretary general said the current effort to distribute doses equitably was chaotic and that a global emergency plan to fight the virus was needed.

The two-hour virtual G7 summit hosted by Boris Johnson led campaigners to demand more detail of the timing and substance of pledges. The G7 countries are thought to have bought about 1.5bn vaccines more than their populations will need, but any estimate is subject to many variables.

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