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    G7 meeting ends with promises on COVID-19, climate, mentions of China

    The G7 Summit has wrapped up with pledges from world leaders to take urgent action on the COVID-19 pandemic, climate and possibly China.


    The world's leading democracies have committed, in a 25-page communiqué, to ending the pandemic and preparing for the future, as well as supporting a green revolution while dragging their economies toward recovery.


    On the issue of China, other than taking a hard line on respect for human rights, the language was decidedly and unexpectedly cool, given the rhetoric before and during the gathering in the English seaside community of Carbis Bay.
    There is a reference to giving the developing world a safe, affordable infrastructure alternative to Chinese financing but it does not appear as strong as the United States might have wanted.
    The Group of Seven leaders also pledged to share more coronavirus vaccines with countries in need over the next year — up to two billion doses including contributions made since February 2021, the final communiqué said on Sunday.
    Canada's share is 100 million doses, a target signalled by the Liberal government at the onset of the three-day summit

    G7 meeting ends with promises on COVID-19, climate, mentions of China | CBC News


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    A chance for world leaders to catch up on face-to-face bilateral discussions.

    Seems to me that not a lot has come out of this Carvis Bay meeting. Up to 2 billion co-vid doses to the world's poorer economies, when in fact the estimate is around 11 billion needed by the end of 2022.

    Words for China not nearly strong enough imo. Some talk of an initiative to counter China's Belt and Road initiative. A general consensus that the world's economies will still need lot of government dollars to stay the course.

    On to NATO, then Biden sits down with EU leaders and then the big summit. I hope we get lots more meat and a little less spuds in the coming meetings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russellsimpson View Post
    Seems to me that not a lot has come out of this Carvis Bay meeting.
    Does it ever?

    Quote Originally Posted by russellsimpson View Post
    the language was decidedly and unexpectedly cool, given the rhetoric before


    OK everyone...hands up!

    Who else was surprised by the language of the communique being fairly cool compared to the rhetoric beforehand?

    Or, in other words, who else doesn't know what 'rhetoric' means?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Does it ever?

    Originally Posted by russellsimpson
    the language was decidedly and unexpectedly cool, given the rhetoric before

    That was the language used in the communique. Certainly not my words.

    You're slipping.


    OK everyone...hands up!

    Who else was surprised by the language of the communique being fairly cool compared to the rhetoric beforehand?

    Or, in other words, who else doesn't know what 'rhetoric' means?
    Those were the terms used in the article, certainly not my terms.

    You may be slipping Cy. What kind of Alzheimer's facilities in Chiang Mia City?

    I never realized the city was so small, hardly bigger than the 'sticks' city I live in.

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    Oh FFS we've got another waffler.

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    ^Anybody we know?

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    I'm looking forward to the Biden Putin meet up tomorrow. Should be most interesting indeed.

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    It won't be televised and I can guarantee they won't be taking questions together on live TV. you will be let down.

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    I'll be watching intently for all those things. Now I'll have to go and establish a time GMT.


    3:20 GMT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russellsimpson View Post
    Up to 2 billion co-vid doses to the world's poorer economies, when in fact the estimate is around 11 billion needed by the end of 2022.

    .
    The world has a population of a little less than 8 billion people , but not all of them are located in poor countries. Just removing India , China Europe and the US brings the world population down to 4 billion people . and not all of the remaining are poor countries. So if my calculations are right 2 billion doses would vaccinate a large chunk of the "poor countries" . Unless you think that the G7 should vaccinate everyone in the "poor countries" with no participation from the poor countries themselves, and the rest of the world.
    The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    with no participation from the poor countries themselves, and the rest of the world.
    This is where the issues start to pop up, the pharma co's will not let them produce the vaxx under license in other countries, Makes one wonder, why not, for money?

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    ^ yes why don't they let Suriname or Cap Verde produce their own vaccine, any Kunta Kinte can do it..
    Last edited by lom; 16-06-2021 at 08:19 AM.

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