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G-7’s 1 billion pledge for Covid vaccine doses comes up short

G-7 summit in the coastal Cornwall region of the U.K.But Merkel’s larger figure includes a much wider array of contributions already offered, as well future exports, according to a European official.So far, the G-7 countries have promised only as many as 700 million truly new doses, funded in part by previously announced aid. If doses already announced in recent weeks by G-7 and EU nations are included, the tally grows to 870 million doses, as the communique notes.To reach the 1 billion figure, G-7 officials included pledges made starting back in February.Big SplashThe leaders clearly wanted to make a big splash with the promise.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson kicked off the summit by emphasizing the target, and U.S.

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