Preventing poor countries suffering from vaccine “apartheid” will require the G7 group of rich nations to commit $30bn (£22bn) a year to a global immunisation drive, Gordon Brown has said.
The former Labour prime minister said the UK should use June’s G7 summit in Cornwall to rekindle the moral purpose of the Make Poverty History campaign of 2005, paying for its share of the new fund by reversing the government’s “misguided” cut to the foreign aid budget.
Brown, who has written for the Guardian outlining his plan for a $30bn-a-year mass vaccination programme, said he was alarmed that vaccination in Africa had barely begun and warned that this would have repercussions for rich nations:
Australia scraps Covid vaccination deadline
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says there are too many uncertainties to set a new target for vaccinating Australians against Covid-19, as the government moves to shore up confidence in the trouble-plagued rollout.
The prime minister said while he hoped all Australians could have a first dose of vaccination by the end of the year, Morrison said on Sunday there was no new timetable to replace the previous October target.
It is the latest retreat on the government’s vaccine rollout strategy which has been beset by delays, confusion and supply challenges since Australia first locked in agreements with manufacturers last year and declared the country “at the front of the queue”.
“The government has also not set, nor has any plans to set any new targets for completing first doses,” Morrison said on Facebook on Sunday afternoon:
Warning as English pub gardens reopen
People should enjoy new freedoms but remain wary of the risks, Boris Johnson has said, as beer gardens, alfresco restaurants, shops and salons prepared to reopen across England on Monday for the first time in almost four months.
The prime minister hailed the reopening – a major and “irreversible” step in the roadmap of easing restrictions – as “a chance to get back to doing some of the things we love and have missed”.
It came as just seven coronavirus deaths were reported in the UK within 28 days of a positive test, the lowest number since mid-September. There were also 1,730 people who tested positive, while 221 were admitted to hospital, where there are 2,862 Covid patients overall. The number of vaccine doses distributed is nearing 40m, including more than 7m second doses. More than 400,000 second doses were given in the UK for the fourth consecutive day on Saturday, along with 111,109 first doses: