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President & G7 leaders’ 1BILLION vaccine pledge ‘not enough’ says WHO as Biden prepares to meet Putin

THE director of the World Health Organization told the press Saturday night that while talk of vaccine sharing among leaders at the G7 summit is encouraging, “we need more, and we need them faster.”

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “The challenge, I said to the G-7 leaders, was that to truly end the pandemic, our goal must be to vaccinate at least 70% of the world’s population by the time the G-7 meets again in Germany next year.”

Tedros added that it is “essential” that the countries waive intellectual property rights on the vaccines so that they can go out faster.

He asserted that “we need 11 billion doses,” a number much larger than the 1 billion doses British Prime Minster Boris Johnson has pledged.

The WHO head’s goal, he said, is to have 30% of every country vaccinated by the end of the year, a number that will require 100 million doses to go out this summer.

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  • G7 LEADERS TO SIGN NEW DECLARATION

    The leaders, whose three-day summit is scheduled to end on Sunday, are expected to commit to a new plan, called the Carbis Bay Declaration, to quash future pandemics within the first 100 days.

    The G7 nations are the UK, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan.

    The British government said the guest nations were invited to take part in the summit as part of Mr Johnson’s Global Britain agenda.

    The expanded group can help the G7 intensify cooperation between the world’s democratic and technologically advanced nations, it added.

  • BORIS JOHNSON BROUGHT YOUNG SON TO G7

    Boris Johnson’s son showed off his head of bright blonde curls as the PM’s wife Carrie introduced him to the group and their partners at the event in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.

    The 33-year-old beamed as the toddler walked towards her, much to the delight of America’s First Lady Jill Biden.

    She was pictured cooing over Wilfred, who was dressed for the occasion in blue shorts and a white shirt.

    The PM’s tousle-haired son – who shares his father’s thick locks – appeared to be the main attraction at the festivities.

  • BIDEN’S COMMENTS ABOUT PHILIP’S DEATH

    Mr Biden said: “First I would like to express our condolences on behalf of Jill and I to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the entire royal family and the people of the United Kingdom.

    Mr Biden’s comments came after he travelled to Cornwall for the G7 summit, with the US President having met with his British counterpart Boris Johnson on Thursday.

    “Today would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday. I know there are a lot of people feeling his absence today.”

  • G7 LEADERS ARE JOINED BY EXPERTS

    The G7 leaders will be joined virtually by experts, including Sir Patrick Vallance, Melinda French Gates and Sir David Attenborough.

    Leaders of Australia, South Africa, South Korea and India will join — in person or remotely — for discussions on health and climate change.

    It will be the first G7 where all members will have committed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 ahead of November’s UK-hosted COP26 Summit.

  • JOHNSON AIMS TO CONVINCE LEADERS TO COLLABORATE ON VACCINES

    Mr Johnson will tell world leaders gathering in Cornwall that they must dig deep to help the poorest nations if they want to end the pandemic for good.

    He will be out to convince them he can extend the success of Britain’s jabs campaign to protect everyone on the planet. That means stepping up production, tearing down international distribution barriers and sharing surplus doses.

    Britain has already pledged to donate the majority of our extra supplies to those in desperate need — and Mr Johnson will use his role as G7 host to rally the richest countries behind him.

  • WHAT GIFTS TO JOHNSON AND BIDEN EXCHANGE?

    The couples gave each other gifts, with Boris presenting the US President with a photo of Frederick Douglass.

    Douglass was a former slave who campaigned against the practise in the 1800s.

    The PM also gave Jill Biden a collection of short stories by Daphne du Maurier.

    In return, the Bidens gave Boris an American-made bike and helmet, while Carrie received a tote bag and a scarf.

  • BIDEN’S G7 GAFFES

    Biden and Dr Jill arrived in the UK on Wednesday, with the president making a speech at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk moments later.

    The Democrat joked with army personnel that he kept “forgetting” he was president.

    After running on stage, Biden began his speech by proclaiming “When I was 14…” before he became distracted by the standing crowd.

    Biden then mistakenly referred to the RAF as the RFA in another gaffe.

    He said: “These partnerships have hardened and have been hardened in the fire of war and generations of Americans and service members who fought them. Like those RFA pilots.”

  • WHEN DID BIDEN MEET WITH BORIS JOHNSON?

    Biden met with British prime minister Boris Johnson on Thursday and will meet with G7 leaders over the coming days.

    The pair renewed the Atlantic Charter of 1941 as Boris branded the document a “massive, massive strategic importance” for London and Washington.

    Mr Johnson said the pair discussed several issues ranging from security to climate change.

    He was asked if Biden had “made his alarm clear” about the Northern Ireland protocol but he replied: “No, he didn’t.”

  • GOP OPPONENTS TOLD BIDEN TO NOT ‘RETURN HOME’

    The president has received a barrage of criticism from commentators and GOP politicians, with gun activist Rep. Lauren Boebert suggesting that Biden “shouldn’t return home”.

    Yael Lempert, America’s most senior diplomat in Britain, told Brexit minister Lord Frost that London was “inflaming” tensions in Ireland and Europe with its opposition to checks at ports.

    Commentators were left outraged amid reports that Lempert had been told to issue London with a demarche – a formal diplomatic reprimand rarely exchanged between allies.

    Columnist Dominic Green wrote in the New York Post: “The president is reviving the National Lampoon series on his trip to England for the G-7 summit. Too bad it’s his own nation he’s lampooning.”

  • PUTIN PRAISES FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP

    Putin, who met with former President Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland back in 2018, praised him as an “extraordinary individual”.

    “Well even now, I believe that former US President Mr. Trump is an extraordinary individual, talented individual, otherwise he would not have become US president. 

    “He is a colorful individual. You may like him or not.”

    He admired the outsider in Trump who came into the job as a real estate tycoon.  

  • BIDEN BROKE ROYAL PROTOCOL AT MEETING WITH THE QUEEN

    Biden’s 18-vehicle entourage rolled up to the Cornwall venue just five minutes after the Queen, meaning he broke royal protocol that dictates guests should always arrive first for official events.

    According to Debrett’s, a British authority on etiquette, “It is correct for everyone to arrive before the royal personage and protocol rules that no guest should leave an event before a member of the Royal Family.”

    The drinks reception was organized by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as part of the events making up the G7 summit, a meeting of the most influential world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

  • WHAT LEADERS ATTEND THE G7?

    Leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the US participate in the G7.

    Also known as the Group of Seven, these countries are seven of the largest economies of the world.

    Together, they represent more than 62 per cent of the global net wealth ($280trillion).

  • BIDEN CAUGHT IN OFF DUTY RUNNING SHOES AFTER G7

    Joe and Jill Biden dressed down as they enjoyed a drink in Cornwall to unwind from the G7 summit.

    At the pub, Jill wore jeans and trainers as she ordered a red wine – while husband Joe played it safe with a Coca-Cola.

    The couple sat down next to BBC reporter Jon Sopel, who said he was surprised to see them.

    He tweeted: “A first in my career @POTUS comes and sits down at table in a bar next to me and orders a drink. Am trying to act nonchalant #G7.”

  • WHAT ISSUES WILL BIDEN ADDRESS AT MEETING WITH PUTIN?

    A host of issues are on the table as the two men meet, including US concerns about Russian sabre-rattling on the Ukrainian border, the imprisonment of Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny, and Putin’s support for Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko.

    Biden also blames Russia for the massive SolarWinds cyberattack, election interference, and harboring criminals behind a spate of ransomware attacks.

    The White House said the meeting would involve “a working session and a smaller session”, without giving further details.

  • QUEEN WILL CELEBRATE BIRTHDAY REMOTELY

    Due to the Covid pandemic, the Queen will be celebrating her birthday in Windsor Castle. 

    The socially-distanced parade in her honor was led by the Foot Guards and the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Windsor Castle’s Quadrangle. 

    A 41 gun Royal Salute took place on the East Lawn. 

    The RAF planes flew over the Queen’s Windsor estate.

  • DUCHESS KATE AND JILL BIDEN WORE PINK

    The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, and the First Lady, 70, both matched in striking pink outfits as they met for the first time.

    The women were pictured at Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall to highlight the issue of early years development in children.

    And during their visit, Kate told reporters how excited she is to meet Harry and Meghan’s baby daughter Lilibet Diana.

    “I wish her all the very best, I can’t wait to meet her,” she said.

    “We haven’t met her yet but hopefully that will be soon.”

  • QUEEN TO HOST BIDENS FOR TEA TOMORROW

    The Queen will host President Biden and his wife Jill for tea at Windsor Castle this weekend.

    She will welcome the President and the First Lady in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle.

    Upon arrival, a Guard of Honour formed of The Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards will give a Royal Salute, and the US National Anthem will be played.

    The President will then accompany the Officer Commanding the Guard of Honour, Major James Taylor, and Major General Christopher Ghika to inspect the Guard of Honour.

  • QUEEN CRACKS JOKES DURING G7 SUMMIT

    As the Queen posed for a socially distanced group photo with the world leaders, the 95-year-old monarch asked the question possibly on all their minds.

    She said: “Are you supposed to be looking as if you’re enjoying yourself?”

    The presidents and prime ministers alongside her could not help bursting into laughter, as Boris Johnson replied emphatically: “Yes!”

  • COULD RUSSIAN MISSILE BE STALKING G7 SUMMIT?

    Reports claim that air forces have been engaged in “unusual” operations in and around waters near to the event- sparking concerns that something could be awry.  

    The fresh revelations come ahead of the G7 this weekend where US President Joe Biden will meet other world leaders including Boris Johnson.

    The Sun reported that a £30 million ‘ring of steel’ had been developed to protect those at the event which includes the use of the HMS Prince of Wales warship.

    And according to The Washington Examiner, sea and air forces have been engaged in separate operations to combat an alleged security threat posed by the Russians.  

  • BIDEN WILL NOT HOLD JOINT PRESSER WITH PUTIN

    Joe Biden will give a solo news conference after his meeting with Vladimir Putin next week because the White House reportedly fears the Russian strongman will use it as a platform.

    A US official confirmed Putin would be denied the opportunity to stand by Biden while answering questions from the press in Geneva on Wednesday.

    The White House is reportedly reluctant to grant Putin yet another prominent platform and place to put Biden at the mercy of comments made by his Russian counterpart. 

    It comes after Putin yesterday chillingly laughed off Biden’s previously made claim he was a “killer”.

    During an NBC interview in which he heaped praise on “extraordinary” Donald Trump, he branded Joe Biden “a career politician”.

  • BIDEN MET WITH ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER

  • BIDEN PRAISED MACRON AT THE G7 SUMMIT

    Speaking at the G7 Summit on Saturday, President Joe Biden said: “The sun is shining, we’re on this beach, I’m well. And I’m with the president of France, that makes me even feel better.”

    “Things are going well and we’re on the same page.”

    Biden and Macron previously sparked attention on Friday when, after they posed for a family photo with other members of the G7, they walked off the beach location with their arms around each other.

  • MACRON TOUTS BIDEN AS “PART OF THE CLUB”

    Emmanuel Macron has praised President Joe Biden for his willingness “to cooperate” following sit down talks at the G7 summit on Saturday.

    Making a series of comments in front of the media, Macron’s remarks also included a swipe at former US President Donald Trump, describing Biden as being “part of the club.”

    “What you demonstrate is that leadership is partnership,” Macron said, as Biden sat alongside him, smiling and nodding.

    He added: “I think it’s great to have the US president part of the club.”

  • BIDEN SAYS US AND GERMAN TIES ARE “STRONGER THAN EVER”

    President Joe Biden took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon to reveal his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel was “great.”

    “The ties between our two nations are stronger than ever — and I’m excited to welcome her to the White House next month to continue our work,” Biden’s tweet read.

  • MACRON PRAISED BIDEN FOR BEING “WILLING TO COOPERATE”

    On Saturday morning, French President Emmanuel Macron reportedly told the press: “It’s great to have a US President who is part of the club and willing to cooperate.”

    Macron praised Biden prior to his June 12 meetup with Biden during the annual G7 summit.



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