Leaders of the Group of Seven have set a target to terminate the COVID-19 pandemic next year while calling for a thorough investigation into the genesis of the virus that allegedly leaked from a lab in Wuhan city of China.
In the Carbis Bay G7 Summit Communiqué released on Sunday, June 13, the G7 leaders said they acknowledge the ongoing impact of COVID-19 around the world and “commit to beating COVID-19 everywhere and building back better for all.”
“Our immediate focus is beating COVID-19 and we set a collective goal of ending the pandemic in 2022. The COVID-19 pandemic is not under control anywhere until it is under control everywhere,” the communiqué said.
“We therefore commit both to strengthen global action now to fight COVID-19, and to take further tangible steps to improve our collective defences against future threats and to bolster global health and health security,” the leaders said.
In the communiqué, the G7 nations pledged to provide the world one billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines over the next year. At the same time, they will create frameworks to strengthen collective defenses against threats to global health.
Besides continuing investment in research to ensure that effective tests and treatments of the COVID-19 are available, the G7 leaders also vowed to strengthen transparency and accountability, including investigation of the virus origin.
“We also call for a timely, transparent, expert-led, and science-based WHO-convened Phase 2 COVID-19 Origins study including, as recommended by the experts’ report, in China,” the G7 Summit communiqué stated.
COVID-19 is believed to have been created in a lab in Wuhan, and former U.S. President Donald Trump used to refer to the virus as the “Wuhan virus,” the “China virus,” or the “kung flu,” claiming “it comes from China.”
Many in the media and political circles have widely dismissed the lab leak theory as a conspiracy. Still, the rhetoric has changed recently, and even President Joe Biden has ordered the intelligence community to redouble efforts to look into the situation.
Regarding China, the G7 nations said they would continue to consult on collective approaches to challenging non-market policies and practices that undermine the global economy’s fair and transparent operation.
They also called on China to respect human rights, and fundamental freedoms, especially concerning Xinjiang, and those rights, freedoms, and a high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong enshrined in the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law.