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media captionG7 pledge of a billion doses for poorer countries is "another big step towards vaccinating the world", says UK PM

Leaders of the major industrial nations have pledged one billion Covid vaccine doses to poor countries as a "big step towards vaccinating the world", Boris Johnson has said.

At the end of the G7 summit in Cornwall, the PM said countries were rejecting "nationalistic approaches".

He said vaccinating the world would show the benefits of the G7's democratic values.

There was also a pledge to wipe out their contribution to climate change.

After the first meeting of world leaders in two years, Mr Johnson said "the world was looking to us to reject some of the selfish, nationalistic approaches that marred the initial global response to the pandemic and to channel all our diplomatic, economic and scientific might to defeating Covid for good".

He said the G7 leaders had pledged to supply the vaccines to poor countries either directly or through the Covax scheme – including 100 million from the UK.

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Mr Johnson rejected suggestions the donation a moral failure by the G7 as it was not enough to cover the needs of poorer countries.

He referred to the the UK's involvement in the development of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

"Already of the 1.5 billion vaccines that have been distributed around the world, I think that people in this country should be very proud that half a billion of them are as a result of the actions taken by the UK government in doing that deal with the Oxford scientists and AstraZeneca to distribute it at cost," he said.

He added that "we are going flat out and we are producing vaccines as fast as we can, and distributing them as fast as we can".

The target to vaccinate the world by the end of next year would be met "very largely thanks to the efforts of the countries who have come here today", Mr Johnson said.

Vaccines provide a route out the pandemic, but only if they are distributed equitably around the globe based on need.

Currently, many richer nations have good access to doses for mass immunisation of their citizens, while some developing countries are yet to receive any.

The UK has bought enough vaccine to immunise its entire population several times over.

G7 nations, including the UK, have agreed to step up production and donate a billion doses, but that will take time.

The ambition is to vaccinate "the world" by the end of 2022.

The World Health Organization estimates at least 11 billion doses are needed to stand a chance of beating the virus, which is why critics say the G7 summit will go down as an unforgivable moral failure.