The health ministers of the G7 countries want to work more closely together to fight future epidemics.
“We need to make sure that we are better prepared at home for future health threats and that we support and learn from other countries’ efforts in this regard,” a final statement said after two days of discussions in Oxford, UK.
Ministers stressed the key role of the World Health Organization (WHO). “The WHO must ensure that it is armed for new challenges, but also sustainable and predictable funding.”
The summit was organized by the United Kingdom, which Oxford deliberately chose because scientists from the University City, in conjunction with the pharmaceutical company Astrogeneca, developed a vaccine against Govt-19. The meeting was a precursor to a summit of state and government leaders held in Cornwall from June 11-13.
Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States make up the G7, the EU has always joined, but is not an official member because it is not a country.