G7 REACTION: Summit proves G7 “not fit for purpose”, campaigners say
Date: 13 June 2021
Global Justice Now says leaders have “utterly failed to face up to the challenges facing the world”
Group beams “break vaccine monopolies” onto Cornish cliffside
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Global Justice Now has condemned the G7 summit as a “pointless exercise in grandstanding” that did not make “any substantive progress towards tackling the crises of our lifetime”.
The group has dismissed leaders “rhetoric” and “charity”, demanding justice for low and middle income nations on vaccines, climate, and debt.
It comes after Global Justice Now beamed “break vaccine monopolies” onto a cliffside in Cornwall, as G7 leaders failed to take measures to scale-up global vaccine manufacturing.
The group is demanding that G7 leaders support an intellectual property waiver on Covid-19 vaccines and treatments, supported by France and the United States.
The proposal was first put forward by India and South Africa more than eight months ago at the World Trade Organisation and is backed by more than 100 mostly low-and-middle income nations.
Global Justice Now, part of the People’s Vaccine Alliance, is also calling on pharmaceutical companies to share their vaccine technology and knowhow with safe manufacturers through the World Health Organisation’s Covid-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP).
The group protested in Falmouth during the summit with a giant syringe and signs for a Covid-19 vaccine centre “for rich countries only” and a global south vaccination telling countries to “get in line for 2024”.
Nick Dearden, Director of Global Justice Now, said:
G7 leaders have utterly failed to face up to the challenges facing the world. After a weekend of diplomacy all they have done is repeat their own inadequate climate targets and fail to meet their own inadequate targets for global vaccination.
We don’t want more rhetoric or inadequate charity. We want justice. Justice for the countries without vaccines because of draconian intellectual property rules. Justice for the people on the frontline of a climate crisis they did not cause. And justice for the nations crippled with debt burdens they can never repay.
This G7 has been a pointless exercise in grandstanding without making any substantive progress towards tackling the crises of our lifetimes. This summit proves beyond all doubt that the G7 is not fit for purpose.
On the reported failure of G7 leaders to meet their 1bn dose donation target, Dearden said:
That G7 leaders can’t even seem to meet their own donation target is further proof that we can’t donate our way out of a pandemic. We need an intellectual property waiver on Covid-19 vaccines and treatments to scale up global manufacturing. If the U.K. and Germany can’t stand on the right side of history with France and the US, they should stand aside and let the real leaders get on with ending the pandemic.
Notes for editors
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Global Justice Now spokespeople are available for comment.
Joe Karp-Sawey, Media Manager, Global Justice Now
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