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EMA chief urges worldwide vaccine access after G7 vow

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The head of the European Medicines Agency said today that all countries must have access to coronavirus vaccines, as G7 leaders were set to pledge one billion doses for poor nations.

Emer Cooke added in an interview that while the Amsterdam-based watchdog was confident current vaccines were effective against all different variants, that could "change quickly".

The comments by Ireland's Ms Cooke - who took over at the EMA late last year as it plunged into the scramble for a Covid vaccine - came as G7 leaders met in Britain to discuss how to recover from the pandemic. "This is not within the competence of the EMA so I can only speak from a personal perspective, where I really believe we need to ensure access, availability and access

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