The leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) countries adopted the Carbis Bay Health Declaration at a summit in the United Kingdom, pledging to work together to prevent more devastating pandemics in the future. This is stated in a document published at the end of the G7 summit held in the English county of Cornwall.
The declaration was named after the town of the same name where the forum was held. In addition to the leaders of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US, the leaders of Australia, India, the Republic of Korea and South Africa also took part in the discussions as guests at the summit.
The approved document includes measures to deal with new pandemics such as the current spread of coronavirus.
A key provision of the declaration was a pledge by G7 leaders to reduce the time to develop vaccines against new infectious diseases, including their development and licensing, to 100 days.
The meeting stressed that it is the first 100 days after an epidemic threat is identified that are critical to change course and avoid the situation turning into a pandemic.