WORLD Outgoing UN aid chief slams G7 for failing on vaccine plan


Outgoing UN aid chief slams G7 for failing on vaccine plan


09:37, June 15, 2021

Campaigners attend a vigil to remember the millions who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic, organised by 'Crack the Crisis Coalition' in Falmouth, Cornwall, England, Friday, June 11, 2021. (File photo: AP)

Outgoing UN aid chief Mark Lowcock slammed the Group of Seven wealthy nations on Monday for failing to come up with a plan to vaccinate the world against COVID-19, describing the G7 pledge to provide 1 billion doses over the next year as a "small step."

"These sporadic, small-scale, charitable handouts from rich countries to poor countries is not a serious plan and it will not bring the pandemic to an end," Lowcock, who steps down on Friday, told Reuters.

"The G7, essentially, completely failed to show the necessary urgency."

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