Vaccines are used as a geopolitical tool in some countries


Britain’s Carbis Bay — UK Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said Friday that while there is no doubt that some countries are using vaccines as a diplomatic tool to secure influence, Britain did not support so-called vaccine diplomacy. ..

Rab was talking to Reuters at the G7 Summit in Cornwall, South West England. This may be dominated by attempts by the West to reaffirm its influence as the world seeks to rebuild COVID-19 from a pandemic.

Western diplomats fear that Russia and China are using vaccines to gain influence around the world. Especially in poor countries that do not have their own production or the means to buy shots in the international market.

Asked if China and Russia are concerned about the availability of vaccines in exchange for influence, Raab said:

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In this figure, taken on October 30, 2020, a woman has a small bottle labeled with the “Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine” sticker and a medical syringe. (DadoRuvic / Reuters)

“I think we not only have a moral obligation, but also have a strong vested interest in vaccination of the world,” he said.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes that the G7 will donate a billion COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries during the summit and agree to support global vaccination by the end of next year.

Raab said the UK’s contributions will be made unlinked and at least 80% will be distributed by the COVAX International Vaccine Initiative. The rest are “provided to strategically close countries with which we have a particular relationship, no, we do not claim conditionals,” he added.

“Team effort”

The United States has promised to donate 500 million doses. US President Joe Biden emphasized the lack of straps.

“We just think we are responsible for promoting vaccines that WHO has found to be safe to distribute,” Rab said.

“But that is the effort of the team, and we hope that countries such as China and Russia will work together to address the issue of climate change as well as pandemics and respect the basic principles of international law.”

China currently has two WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines, but a shot developed by Russia is awaiting approval. Russia said last week that it expects it to be approved in the coming months.

Mr Raab also said he would soon talk to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov without giving a specific date. He refused to comment on any issues that would be raised at the meeting.

Nevertheless, Rab criticizes Russia as the main protagonist of a cyberattack and takes a united position in all such cases, whether the G7 was carried out by a state or non-state actor. Asked.

“These activities are against international law, and many of them are very damaging. Some are done for pure theft, some are done for profit, and they are a mess. Some are done just to cause, “he said.

“As an international community, we need to clarify cyberattacks on hospitals, schools and infrastructure in critical countries. That’s wrong. It’s unjust, it’s more than pale.”

Asked about the recent forced landing of commercial aircraft on Belarus, Raab said the country was “falling into the Pariah state.”

“We need Belarus to strengthen and comply with the basic, basic and basic rules of international law,” he said.

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