The G7 countries conspired this Friday to end the pandemic and have promised to donate one billion vaccines to the poorest countries. US President Joe Biden has promised 500 million doses and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson 100 million, an amount that many consider to be highly unambitious. The objective is none other than to inoculate the entire population of the planet before the end of 2022 .
Johnson wanted to take advantage of his opening speech of the summit to launch a reflection on the covid and what has been lived in the last year and a half. He has been pleased to be able to meet face to face with his global colleagues, a meeting that makes a difference from last year’s virtual meeting where it was only images on a screen and voices on a speaker.
However, in today’s reunion of the Presidents of Government and heads of State, as they arrived and greeted each other and got ready for the official photo, the new world into which we have slipped has been appreciated . There have been masks, glances, and social distance instead of hugs, handshakes, and kisses. This is the new world.
Johnson has said they should learn from past mistakes not to repeat them. And he has referred to two moments. The first was the 2008 economic crisis, which further exaggerated social differences . The second has been the first months of the pandemic in which it was not acted correctly. And he has assured that now they have the opportunity to build a better future, “a fairer, more ecological society.”
In this sense, the seven richest nations in the world have agreed on the need to continue supporting their economies with fiscal stimuli , a source familiar with the discussions informed Reuters. The G7 countries believe that there should be long-term policies to ensure the health of public finances in the future, while they consider the recent increase in inflation after lockdown to be temporary.
In line with the image of unity and friendship that Johnson and Biden offered on Thursday on their walk along the Carbis Bay beach, this image has also been offered among all the members today, an image of union to defeat the pandemic and to cope with climate change. However, there is one issue that can squander this good roll: Northern Ireland.
The summit is in danger of being dominated by a dispute with European leaders over the Northern Ireland peace process. Johnson is expected to face them at this Saturday’s meeting when international politics are discussed and the so-called “sausage war” emerges again, as the difficulties for Northern Irish citizens to consume the products from it are known. from the island of Great Britain and especially the sausages.
Controls of merchandise
Downing Street has refused to rule out the possibility of the UK taking unilateral action to ensure that British sausages can continue to arrive in Northern Ireland. The British domestic market was disrupted by Brexit when the border was moved to the sea on January 1, isolating Northern Ireland. Johnson wants the Protocol to be revised, which is the annex to the exit agreement from the European Union (EU) that guarantees that there is no border between the two Ireland .
The prime minister considers the EU’s requirements for controls on goods going from Great Britain to Northern Ireland “excessive” and wants to discuss it with his European colleagues this weekend.
But French President Emmanuel Macron has made it clear that they would not quickly discuss something that they spent four years negotiating with and with which Johnson agreed and signed. Before the summit began, Macron, Charles Michel, head of the European Council, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, Mario Draghi, the Italian Prime Minister, and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, were photographed together. A photo that is very meaningful .
These divisions were pushed aside this afternoon when G7 leaders met the Queen, her son, Prince Charles, and her grandson, William, and Kate Middleton at the Eden Project, an environmental and educational center 45 kilometers away. from Carbis Bay. And after the reception they have dined with their respective wives and husbands with the company of Isabel II.