UK PM calls on G7 to aim for global vaccination

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will call on leaders of the Group of Seven countries to commit to an effort to vaccinate the entire world by the end of 2022.

He will be hosting the first face-to-face G7 summit in two years from Friday to Sunday. The meeting will take place in Cornwall in the southwest of the UK.

Johnson plans to ask leaders to accelerate vaccination efforts by expanding manufacturing capacity. He will also call on them to share surplus shots with the global vaccine distribution framework known as COVAX and bilateral arrangements.

"The world is looking to us to rise to the greatest challenge of the post-war era, defeating COVID and leading a global recovery driven by our shared values," Johnson said.