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Coronavirus strikes G7 foreign ministers meeting in London

Two positive COVID-19 cases have been identified at a gathering of world leaders in London attended by Foreign Minister Marise Payne. Two positive COVID-19 instances have been placed at a G7 meeting of world leaders in London, followed by Foreign Minister Marise Payne. India’s delegation is now self-isolating, and its foreign minister said he would participate in the Meeting virtually after he was exposed to possible coronavirus cases.

India is not part of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies but was invited by Britain to the talks in London. “Was made aware yesterday evening of exposure to possible Covid positive cases,” India’s foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar tweeted on Wednesday. “As a measure of abundant caution and also out of consideration for others, I decided to conduct my engagements in the virtual model. That will be the case with the G7 Meeting today as well.”

Sky News earlier reported two positive cases among the Indian delegation. On Monday evening, Mr. Jaishankar met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the sidelines of the foreign minister’s summit. The US State Department said it had been advised by public health professionals in Britain that its health protocols “would permit us to continue with our G7 activities as planned”. “We have no reason to believe any of our delegations is at risk. We will continue to follow the guidance of public health professionals going forward and abide by the same strict COVID-19 protocols,” spokesman Ned Price said.


The G7 was due to discuss coronavirus vaccines Wednesday amid growing pressure on the group to share stockpiles and know-how with poor nations. India, the world’s second-most populous country, has been hit by a devastating wave of infections in recent weeks, taking its total number of cases to more than 20.6 million. The massive spike has pushed the healthcare system to breaking point, overwhelming hospitals and leading to severe shortages of beds, oxygen, and other critical medical supplies.

G7 talks about vaccines after pleas to help people experiencing poverty.

Foreign ministers of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States are wrapping up three days of talks in central London to set the agenda for a G7 leaders’ summit next month in Cornwall, southern England. After a day focused on showing a common front of democracies towards China, the final sessions will also bring in development chiefs and address global challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

“A treasured part of the G7 format is to think in the round — what do we need to do to help the most vulnerable countries worldwide?” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told reporters. Wealthy nations have emphasized Covax, an UN-backed program to share vaccines with the poorest countries. But rich nations have also effectively elbowed out Covax in the early stages, striking their deals with drug manufacturers and taking the overwhelming share of the more than 1.2 billion COVID-19 vaccines already injected worldwide.

Mr. Raab stressed the importance of Covax but said there was an additional question of “what we do about surplus domestic supply”. The issues are “a perfect opportunity for the G7 together with our Indo-Pacific partners to talk all of that through and come up with positive answers”, Mr. Raab said. Britain invited India to the G7 talks, seeking to include a democratically crucial discussion on China.

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