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G7 promises more than a billion doses of vaccines to poor countries, says Boris Johnson

CARBIS BAY, England (AP) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the Group of Seven Rich Countries has pledged more than a billion doses of the coronavirus vaccine for the poorest countries.

Speaking at the end of a G-7 leaders’ summit in southwest England on Sunday, Johnson said the doses would come both directly and through the international COVAX program.

The commitment is well below the 11 billion doses that the head of the World Health Organization says are needed to immunize at least 70% of the world’s population by mid-2022 and to truly end the pandemic.

Group of Seven leaders are expected to make further commitments after their three-day summit, hosted by Johnson.

The G-7 countries are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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