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G7 meeting: Canada commits $2bn to tackle COVID-19 globally

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Canadian Government has committed more than $2 billion towards the global COVID-19 response, providing an additional of $75 million to top-up the support to the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator that develops and provides tests, treatments, and vaccines around the world.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau disclosed this on Friday, while participating in a virtual meeting of the G7 Leaders, Trudeau who announced new funding to help beat the virus globally, said Canada will continue to work with international partners to tackle the greatest challenges in time.

“Working together with G7 partners will be vital to creating jobs and economic growth as we recover from the global pandemic. That includes building fairer trading systems, fighting climate change, and seizing the economic opportunities for clean growth”, he said.

Trudeau welcomed new contributions from G7 Leaders to these global vaccination efforts, and reiterated Canada’s shared commitment to cooperating on the COVID-19 response, and laying the foundation for a strong and sustainable economic recovery.

He highlighted Canada’s continued leadership and commitment to build a cleaner and more competitive world. “We must also create opportunity for those who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, including women, racialized groups, and Indigenous peoples”.

The Prime Minister welcomed the United Kingdom’s decision to convene a G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council – a key legacy of the 2018 G7 Summit in Charlevoix – to ensure gender equality is central to the work of the G7 this year. “Our work to build back better must also include a continued commitment to strengthen democracy and democratic institutions around the world”.

He The Prime Minister, today, also stressed the global need to respect human rights and defend the rule of law, in order to prevent persecution and mistreatment around the world. “Only together can we tackle the current challenges we face.

“While we continue to do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to keep Canadians safe and supported during this crisis, we will also continue to work with our G7 counterparts to defeat the virus everywhere and build a more resilient future for everyone”, he said.

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