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The Group of Seven nations will provide more than a billion coronavirus vaccine doses to aid global vaccination efforts over the next year, the leaders announced on the final day of the summit.

Why it matters: The G7 nations have been criticized for not sharing their vaccines, particularly with countries that have struggled to contain new waves of the virus.

  • According to the Associated Press, nearly half of the combined population of the G7 countries have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while the worldwide percentage is less than 13%.

Sunday's announcement also includes plans to create frameworks to strengthen "collective defenses to threats to global health."

  • The G7 intends to coordinate global manufacturing capacity, improve early warning systems and support science in missions to shorten the cycle of creating safe vaccines, treatments and tests from 300 to 100 days.

What they're saying: “This is a moral imperative, but it is a necessity for the economic recovery to stick, because we can’t have the world split into two tracks without negative consequences,” said Kristalina Georgieva, the IMF's managing director, per AP.

  • Georgieva said vaccine donations are a good step; however, more needs to be done to deliver said vaccines into arms.
  • “The war is not yet won,” she added.

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Updated Jun 13, 2021 - Health

Lawsuit challenging Houston Methodist's COVID vaccine mandate dismissed

Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

A federal judge on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit brought by 117 Houston Methodist staff over the hospital's policy requiring all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Why it matters: This is the first federal court ruling on a coronavirus vaccine mandate. Attorney Jared Woodfill, representing the plaintiffs, told KHOU 11 it's "the first battle in a long fight," as he vowed to file another lawsuit soon.

G7 leaders to announce plan to phase out gasoline cars

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson talks next to President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, England, on Saturday. Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images

G7 leaders are set to announce Sunday a range of measures to tackle climate change, including "ending almost all direct government support" for fossil fuels and phasing out gasoline and diesel cars.

Driving the news: The plan was outlined in a British government announcement Saturday, which states that the leaders will also agree to halting "all unabated coal as soon as possible."

Jun 12, 2021 - World

G7 leaders fuss over how to rebuke China for human rights abuses

Leaders of the G7 at a working session in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, on June 12. Photo: Leon Neal/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Group of Seven leaders on Saturday grappled with how bluntly they should criticize China for committing human rights abuses in their upcoming joint declaration, Politico reports.

Why it matters: President Biden hopes to present a united front against Beijing before the end of the summit, but other countries, such as Germany, hope to strengthen financial connections with the Chinese in the long term.