British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the leaders of the most industrialized countries (G7) that their summit is an opportunity to learn the lessons related to the coronavirus pandemic and ensure that the same mistakes are not repeated.
In his speech to G7 leaders and the European Union, Johnson emphasized that he believes that this meeting “really must be held because we need to ensure that we learn from the coronavirus pandemic” and that we will not repeat the mistakes we did. It was undoubtedly made in the past 18 months.”
“And we must ensure that our economy will now recover,” the British Prime Minister added, welcoming summit participants at the opening ceremony.
G7 leaders have begun a three-day summit to discuss global recovery, the equitable distribution of covid-19 vaccines, and climate change.
The German agency dpa wrote that on the first day, leaders should discuss recovery from the pandemic, focusing on donating covid-19 vaccines and financial assistance to build factories around the world to produce vaccines.
On Saturday, they will discuss economic resilience and foreign policy, and the fourth session will be devoted to health issues.
On Sunday, the theme will be climate and nature, and a pre-recorded video message by naturalist David Attenborough will be shown.
This is the first physical meeting of leaders held in this format in two years after the G7 leaders met last year due to the pandemic. It is also the first major international summit of US President Joe Biden.
Johnson also stated at the opening ceremony of the summit that the meeting was supposed to be an informal dialogue closed to the public, but it has become a “giant media circus.”
The G7 is composed of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan. EU representatives also participated in the summit.