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- Top stories: Leaders call on G7 to vaccinate the world; COVID-19 restrictions reintroduced in Uganda; Thailand launches mass vaccination campaign.
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1. How COVID-19 is affecting the globe
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed 173.3 million globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths stands at more than 3.72 million. More than 2.12 billion vaccination doses have been administered globally, according to Our World in Data.
Thailand has launched a mass vaccination campaign, with the government aiming to administer 6 million doses of locally made AstraZeneca and imported Sinovac vaccines this month.
The Australian state of Victoria has reported its biggest rise in new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in nearly a week. Eleven new cases were reported on Monday, up from two the day before.
British health minister Matt Hancock said yesterday it was too early to say whether the government would stick to plans to fully lift COVID-19 restrictions in England on 21 June.
Uganda has reintroduced strict COVID-19 restrictions, including the closure of schools and the suspension of inter-district travel.
What is the COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship?
The COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship is a coalition of 85 global leaders, hosted by the World Economic Forum. Its mission: Join hands in support of social entrepreneurs everywhere as vital first responders to the pandemic and as pioneers of a green, inclusive economic reality.
Its COVID Social Enterprise Action Agenda, outlines 25 concrete recommendations for key stakeholder groups, including funders and philanthropists, investors, government institutions, support organizations, and corporations. In January of 2021, its members launched its 2021 Roadmap through which its members will roll out an ambitious set of 21 action projects in 10 areas of work. Including corporate access and policy change in support of a social economy.
For more information see the Alliance website or its “impact story” here.
2. Leaders call on G7 to vaccinate the world
A hundred former presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers have called on the Group of Seven (G7) rich nations to pay for global COVID-19 vaccinations.
The appeal comes ahead of a meeting of the G7 in England this week. In a letter to the group, the former world leaders said: "Support from the G7 and G20 that makes vaccines readily accessible to low- and middle-income countries is not an act of charity, but rather is in every country's strategic interest."
Signatories include former British Prime Ministers Gordon Brown and Tony Blair and former UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon.
Current British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had called on Saturday for G7 leaders to commit to vaccinating the entire world against COVID-19 by the end of 2022.
"Vaccinating the world by the end of next year would be the single greatest feat in medical history," Johnson said in a statement. "I’m calling on my fellow G7 leaders to join us to end this terrible pandemic and pledge we will never allow the devastation wreaked by coronavirus to happen again."