Some countries are using COVID-19 vaccines as geopolitical tool: UK's Raab
CARBIS BAY, England: British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Friday (Jun 11) there was no doubt some countries were using vaccines as a ...
to poorer countries during its summit, and help inoculate the world by the end of next year.Raab said Britain's contribution would come with no strings attached, with at least 80 per cent being distributed by the COVAX international vaccine initiative.
The rest would be provided to"strategic close countries where we have a particular relationship, and no, we don't insist on conditionality", he added."TEAM EFFORT"AdvertisementThe United States has promised to donate 500 million doses - which US President Joe Biden stressed would come with no strings attached.
READ: Biden says biggest vaccine donation 'supercharges' battle against COVID-19"We would only think it was responsible to be promoting vaccines that the WHO has sanctioned as safe to distribute," Raab said, referring to the World Health Organization. headtopics.com
"But it's a team effort. And we want the countries like China and Russia to come together to tackle the problems of (the) pandemic, but also climate change, and also to respect the basic principles of international law."China currently has two WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines, while a Russian-developed shot is waiting approval. Russia said last week it expected that approval in the next couple of months.
READ: China offers vaccines to Taiwan to fight COVID-19Raab also said he would be speaking to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov shortly, without giving a specific date. He declined to comment on issues he would raise at that meeting.Nevertheless Raab criticised Russia as a leading protagonist of cyber attacks, calling for the G7 to take a united stand against all such incidents, whether conducted by state or non-state actors.
"These activities are contrary to international law, many of them, and they're very damaging, some of them are done for pure theft, or for profit, others are done just to create havoc," he said."We ought to be clear as an international community that cyber attacks on hospitals, on schools, on critical national infrastructure - that's wrong. That's unjustifiable, it's beyond the pale."
Asked about the recentforced landing of a civilian aircraft in Belarus, Raab said the country was slipping"into pariah status". Read more: CNA »
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