The Covid-19 pandemic will haunt the world until 2024 unless the G7 focuses on increasing vaccine production, in part by facilitating it in Africa, the French foreign minister has said.
Jean-Yves Le Drian added there was a debate to be had about loosening restrictions on pharmaceutical companies’ patents – a measure supported by the Biden administration on Wednesday – but the number one priority was increasing production.
Le Drian was speaking to the Guardian as he attended the meeting of G7 foreign ministers in London, an event he described as marking the comeback of the US and the reignition of multilateralism after years in abeyance because of Donald Trump.
He revealed he had spoken to the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, more times since his appointment in January than he had throughout the three years that Mike Pompeo was in the job.
Le Drian accepted more needed to be…