Oris Johnson came under increasing cross-party pressure on Monday for Britain to step up efforts to strike the world against Covid-19.
They urged Mr Johnson to show greater leadership in the fight against the virus, stressing that it was the ‘right thing to do’ to help poorer countries, often with limited health systems, and reduce the risk of emergence and importation of a more lethal variant. UK.
Former International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell told The Standard: “It is clearly in our national interest to do more to immunize poor countries with historic ties to the UK.
“That way we will show leadership and other G7 countries will follow our example.”
He added: “It is not only the right thing to do, but it will protect British citizens and British interests.”
Justine Greening, who succeeded Mr. Mitchell, underlined: “Protecting yourself means a comprehensive vaccination strategy at home but also internationally, especially for countries with much less capacity for care than ours. ”
She added: “In the weeks and months to come, it is important that the government step up its actions to address the current international challenge of Covid. “
New Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who is accompanying Mr Johnson on his trip to the United States, has signaled that the government needs to push for a stronger united response to the pandemic.
She tweeted: “Arrived in New York for # UNGA76. The main focus of @UN this week will be: To discuss our approach to building strong partnerships in global security, diplomacy and economics.
“Coordinate an international response on Afghanistan. Improve global access to Covid vaccines. “
A government spokesperson added, “We have pledged to donate 100 million doses by June 2022 and have already delivered over nine million doses to developing countries in Africa and Asia.
During his three-day trip to America, Mr Johnson was also due:
Talks with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a climate change skeptic, at the assembly in New York today.
Urge Amazon boss Jeff Bezos to tackle the company’s tax record and help resolve the climate crisis during diplomatic efforts to encourage the world’s richest to step up efforts to save the environment before the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November.
Visit the White House for talks with President Joe Biden, with topics expected to include Afghanistan, Brexit, climate change and the easing of Covid restrictions on British nationals able to travel to the United States.
Ms Truss was meeting today with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian to demand the immediate release of British nationals, including Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who are being held in Iran.
Global health chiefs have urged wealthy countries, continuing with recall programs, to provide millions of additional doses for the Covax initiative, which aims to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines around the world.
Former Labor Secretary for International Development Hilary Benn said: “It has to be a global effort. Of course, no one is safe until everyone is vaccinated.
Former Liberal Foreign Aid Minister Baroness Featherstone added: “A global pandemic needs global cooperation.”
The ex-MP for Hornsey and Wood Green stressed: “The potentially dangerous variants are the challenge that must be met.”