"Vaccinating the world by the end of next year would be the single greatest feat in medical history", Johnson plans to say ahead of next week's G7 summit in the United Kingdom, according to an advanced copy of the prime minister's prepared remarks provided by his office.
Rebel Tory MPs are "cautiously optimistic" that Boris Johnson will be forced to reverse a cut to foreign aid. "Vaccinating the world by the end of next year would be the single greatest feat in medical history". "The world is looking to us to rise to the greatest challenge of the postwar era: defeating Covid and leading a global recovery driven by our shared values", he said in a statement on Sunday.
Downing Street pointed to the British government's successes in backing the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and making it available at cost price around the world, as well as its support for the Covax scheme providing supplies to developing countries.
She also repeated the U.S. position that patent rights should be removed for the vaccines, and said they were doing everything they could to address supply chain problems that were preventing a build-up of shots in other parts of the world.
Officials also highlighted the "significant financial contribution" of £548 million given to Covax in its early formation. US President Joe Biden and leaders of Canada, France, Italy and Japan will arrive in Cornwall from Friday for three days of talks focusing on the global recovery from the pandemic. It is going to have devastating consequences across the world.
He is set to make the case for stepping up the manufacture of vaccines, lowering barriers to the global distribution of those vaccines and sharing surplus doses with developing countries bilaterally and through Covax.
Johnson will host the first in-person summit in nearly two years of G7 leaders - which follows a meeting of the group's finance ministers which wrapped up earlier in the day - and said he would seek a pledge to hit the global vaccination goal.