Prime Minister Scott Morrison has arrived in the UK for the G7 meeting and immediately pledged at least 20 million doses for. Mr. Morrison’s trip was rocky after his plane was for four hours, forcing him to land at RAF Brize Norton near Oxford and not at Cornwall Airport in Newquay as initially planned.
The Prime Minister’s vaccine pledge follows similar promises from other G7 leaders, including US President, who Mr. with during the three-day economic summit. Australia’s commitment will include locally made vaccines and a mix of Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Moderna.
“Australia will be doing its part, as we already have been, committing some 20 million doses as part of that effort here at the G7 Plus in Cornwall,” he said. “That comes on top of our recent commitment of $US100 million in support for the COVAX initiative, working with the Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshi Suga, and I commend him for his outstanding leadership.
“These 20 million doses will go to support doses in our region to ensure that we continue to exercise our responsibility as part of a broader global responsibility to combat this virus.” Australia is not part of the G7 but is attending as a guest of the “G7 Plus”, includingKorean invitees.
Following the G7, Mr. Morrison will head to London for talks with BritishMr. Johnson with hopes of between their two countries. However, Mr. Morrison said in an opinion piece in the UK Telegraph that Australia would not accept an agreement against its national interests.
He said a “strategic balance” in the Indo-Pacific needed to be struck, which “favors freedom and allows us to be who we are – a vibrant, an outward-looking open economy (and) a free people determined to shape our destiny by national sovereignty”.
Mr. Morrison will also spend time in London visiting the Queen at Windsor Castle early nextbefore flying to Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron. Mr. Morrison will use his first with Mr. Biden to discuss and how the US and Australia could best respond to new cyber and technological threats posed by nations, including China and Russia.
The encouraged other nations to take a harder line against Chinese economic coercion. Still, Mr. Morrison insisted that competition between the US and China did “not have to lead to conflict”.told The Australian his key message going into the summit in Cornwall was that “no country in our region should have to compromise their values or interests to live peacefully together”. Mr. Biden has
Mr. Morrison has a fascinating family association with Cornwall, with the Prime Minister admitting thisthat his “fifth great-grandfather,” William Roberts, was cast out of the town for stealing “five pounds and a half-weight of yarn” in 1786 and sent to Australia as part of the First Fleet. “It’s a long one of my family was in Cornwall,” Mr. Morrison said in a speech in Perth on Wednesday.
Hundreds of demonstrators protest G7.
The talks have already been met withblocked roads and branded world leaders “liars” near Cornwall. Extinction Rebellion, a climate , says the protests are in response to G7 nations’ “failure to respect the global climate commitments they made in Paris in 2015” and “to urge the leaders meeting at Carbis Bay in Cornwall to act immediately to address the climate and ecological emergency”.
Members of the group said they were there to represent the threat to seas and wildlife if more decisive action is not taken to combat. Flags could also be seen, saying “G7 drowning in promises” and “Action not words”. In a Twitter message, Devon and Cornwall locals to expect delays in the area, particularly the town center. Some demonstrators also held a silent protest while others gathered on the town’s beach, putting on cardboard cutouts of the .