“Deeply concerned about the growing number of cases, the Ministers agreed that what is happening should be perceived as the greatest current threat to global health. It is more important than ever to work closely with each other, monitor and share data [about coronavirus]. This will greatly help to cope with the rapidly developing situation,” the message says.
It stresses that the ministers “drew attention to the importance of equal access to diagnostics, genomic sequencing, vaccines and clinical medicine” in light of the spread of the new strain.
“They also agreed that it is necessary to strengthen the booster vaccination campaign and regular testing,” the statement says. “The Ministers reaffirmed their support for [the international mechanism for the distribution of vaccines] COVAX and called for accelerated development of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostic tools in the context of pandemics.”
G7 is an association of economically developed countries, which includes Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, USA, France and Japan. In 2021, the “seven” is chaired by the United Kingdom, which in June held a summit of leaders in the English resort town of Carbis Bay.