Shortly before the G7 summit in Great Britain, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged the rich countries to make greater efforts for the global vaccination campaign against the corona virus. Steinmeier said in a video for the discussion event “The Africa Roundtable” that it was a big step that the G7 countries wanted to sell vaccines this year in order to have health workers and vulnerable groups in Africa and other parts of the world vaccinated. “At the same time, the question remains whether this should not have happened earlier and on a larger scale. I know that many people in Africa feel that this is unfair, and I share this feeling. “
Steinmeier supported all efforts to set up production facilities for vaccines in poorer countries and regions. “Half of the world’s population lives in countries that do not have the means to offer themselves to the manufacturers of vaccines as preferred customers,” he emphasized. However, he did not go directly into the dispute over patent protection for vaccines.
The heads of state and government of the Group of Seven (G7), in which the economically strong democracies USA, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, France, Italy and Japan are united, will meet from Friday to Sunday in the southern English holiday region of Cornwall. The fight against Covid-19 is one of the central themes of the summit. US President Joe Biden has called for vaccine patents to be suspended to make production easier for poor countries. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has blocked this advance.