- Boris Johnson pledged to take advantage of Britain’s upcoming presidency of the G7 next year to do what he described as “bring the world back together after COVID.”
- The UK is one of the world's states hard hit by the pandemic.
- British’s contribution to WHO would be increased by 30 percent over the next four years.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called upon the United Nations member states to unite in the fight against future pandemics. “After nine months of fighting COVID, the very notion of the international community looks tattered,” Said Johnson. “Unless we unite and turn our fire against our common foe, we know that everyone will lose.
Now is the time therefore… for humanity to reach across borders and repair these ugly rifts.” Added the premier.
Boris said that after nine months of fighting the pandemic, the international community is “tattered” and pledged to take advantage of Britain’s upcoming presidency of the G7 next year to do what he described as “bring the world back together after COVID.”
“Never in the history of our species, not since the Almighty felled the Tower of Babel, has the human race been obsessed with one single topic of conversation,” The British premier made the sentiments while addressing the general assembly virtually.
Pandemic Caused Unity, Divisions
The UK premier explained that the pandemic “united mankind like never before,” But also created an “extraordinary force of division”, for example when countries competed with one another for medical goods.
Johnson submitted a five-point plan to his UN colleagues, which was developed together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the British Wellcome Trust. Accordingly, a worldwide network is to be created to identify pathogens before they jump from animals to humans.
Johnson cited the expansion of capacities for the development and production of vaccines and drugs as further measures. Early warning systems also need to be improved and international protocols for health crises agreed.
Britain to Increase WHO Contribution
The British Prime Minister opines that the World Health Organization (WHO) plays a central role in tackling such pandemics and he announced that British’s contribution to WHO would be increased by 30 percent over the next four years.
Notably, the UK has the most corona deaths in Europe with 42,000 confirmed deaths. This week Johnson announced further restrictions due to a further increase in the number of cases.
Protests in London Due to Restrictions
Protests against the Corona restrictions recently led to clashes between demonstrators and the police in London. Thousands gathered in Trafalgar Square to demonstrate against Johnson’s policies.
The participants did not adhere to the requirements for protection against infection, the police broke up the rally. Four police officers were injured and two had to be hospitalized. There have been 16 arrests, the police said.
Despite the sharp increase in the number of infections, the government in London wants to avoid a second nationwide lockdown as far as possible. Instead, it relies on regional measures such as in England, where all restaurants and pubs have to close at 10 p.m.