WHO urges G7 on equitable jab distribution

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The G7 countries have the power to provide 100 million coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer countries in June and July alone to help meet global immunisation targets at their summit this week, the head of the World Health Organisation says.

"Sharing vaccines now is essential for ending the acute phase of the pandemic," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

So far, the WHO chief said, 44 per cent of all doses have been administered in rich countries but only 0.4 per cent in the poorest.

"The most frustrating thing about this statistic is that it hasn't changed in months," he said.

The G7 summit of heads of state and government is due to be held in Cornwall, England, from June 11 to 13.

The group consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US.

In general, Tedros said, the pandemic is developing along two paths: while the virus' spread is slowing in some regions, it's increasing in Africa and South America.

Worldwide, the number of new infections has declined for a sixth week in a row, according to WHO, while the number of deaths has also fallen for five weeks in a row.

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