G7 summit kicks off with virus, global economy and climate driving agenda

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Johnson will also urge G7 allies to support plans for a global "pandemic radar" to identify emerging Covid-19 variants and track new diseases around the world. Speaking to the Anglican Communion News Service, Anglican leaders stressed the impact of COVID-19 on indigenous communities and also raised issues of nuclear energy, the care of refugees and the need to hear the voices of young people.

The Group of Seven (G7) will begin its 47th summit in the British region of Cornwall on Friday, and plans to tackle a wide range of pressing issues, including climate change and the coronavirus pandemic.

The world's leading democracies gathered in Cornwill will agree to the "Carbis Bay Declaration", promising a series of measures created to prevent a repeat of the Covid-19 pandemic. It will deal with ways to speed up the time it takes to develop vaccines, treatments and diagnostics.

The afternoon will also include a presentation from chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance and Melinda Gates on the work of the Pandemic Preparedness Partnership.

The G7 (Group of Seven) is an organisation made up of the world's seven largest so-called advanced economies: Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, the United Kingdom and the US.

"Under this agreement, the world's leading democracies will commit to preventing a global pandemic from ever happening again, ensuring the devastation caused by COVID-19 is never repeated".

We discuss the key themes of the summit and whether Brexit overshadowed the prime minister's efforts to forward his Global Britain agenda.

"Together we need to build on the significant scientific and collaborative response to the Covid-19 pandemic and find common solutions to address numerous gaps identified".

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being criticized for flying to the Group of Seven summit meeting in Cornwall, rather than taking the train, as he presses world leaders to do more to fight global warming.

"To this end World Health Organization welcomes and will take forward the UK's proposal for a Global Pandemic Radar".

The Prime Minister said: "We need to make sure that we learn the lessons from the pandemic, we need to make sure that we don't repeat some of the errors that we doubtless made in the course of the last 18 months or so".