G7 leaders discuss economic challenges, how to avoid future pandemics

Falmouth, UK, Jun 12 (EFE).- The leaders of the G7 on Saturday were discussing ways to prevent future epidemics, measures to strengthen the global economy and foreign policy challenges on the second day of a summit in Carbis Bay in Cornwall.

United States president Joe Biden is also applying pressure on China and looking to adopt measures that can curb Beijing’s growing influence, including promoting infrastructure projects to rival China’s Belt and Road initiative

During the sideline bilateral meetings on Saturday, the Group of 7’s European leaders are expected to continue pressing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to solve the post-Brexit customs issue in Northern Ireland.

India, Australia, South Africa and South Korea are expected to join the world’s richest countries the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, and Japan as well as representatives of the European Union on Saturday.

The four countries, invited by Johnson, are to take part in a plenary session to discuss strategies to fight potential future pandemics and other health threats.

Scientific advisor to the British government Patrick Vallance and Melinda Gates founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will present a roadmap to reduce the window to develop treatments, diagnostic tests and vaccines to less than 100 days when a new disease is detected.

These commitments are expected to be included in the Carbis Bay Declaration, which the leaders are expected to sign at the conclusion of the summit. EFE


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