G7 scrambles to speed up supply of vaccines to poorer countries

Wealthy nations aim to agree on commitments to export surplus doses and ramp up production

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The G7 group of wealthy nations are scrambling to agree a package to speed up the supply of vaccines to poor and middle-income countries by making commitments to export surplus vaccines and by ramping up production.

At a meeting in London, the seven are also likely to agree in principle to step up the financing of the international Covax programme to distribute vaccines. The west is on course for more than 50% of adults to be vaccinated by the summer, compared with one in 100 in sub-Saharan Africa.

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