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Johnson from UK criticized for taking plane, not train

PLYMOUTH, England (AP) – The latest information on the Group of Seven meeting in England and the meetings between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Joe Biden.


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is criticized for going to the Group of Seven summit in Cornwall, rather than taking the train, as he urges world leaders to do more to tackle global warming.

Environmental activists bombarded Johnson’s Twitter feed with suggestions that the Prime Minister should practice what he preaches after posting a photo of himself getting off the plane along with a call to turn the world back ” better, fairer and greener ”.

“This is how serious Boris Johnson is in tackling the climate emergency: he has flown to Cornwall,” tweeted Zarah Sultana, an opposition Labor lawmaker.

According to figures published on the UK government’s website, domestic flights generate around six times more greenhouse gases than train travel. A train trip to Cornwall takes around five hours, compared to less than 90 minutes for a flight.

Johnson is welcoming the leaders of the world’s seven richest democracies to this weekend’s summit at the Carbis Bay complex in Cornwall. The agenda includes discussions on climate change, the global response to COVID-19 and the taxation of multinational corporations.


LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the nations of the world must put aside the ‘beggar my neighbor’ attitude that has led to bickering over drugs and treatment for COVID-19.

Johnson said Thursday that Group of Seven leaders meeting this weekend in Carbis Bay in southwest England will pledge to vaccinate the world by the end of 2022.

The British leader wrote in The Times of London that it is time for the rich countries to “take responsibility and vaccinate the world”.

But it faces criticism as the UK has yet to send any doses overseas and has slashed its international aid budget, citing the economic blow from the pandemic.

Johnson said on Thursday Britain would donate “millions” of doses from excess stocks – although he did not specify when.

Johnson also noted that the UK government had helped fund the development at Oxford University of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which accounts for 1 in 3 vaccine doses worldwide.

President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the United States will buy an additional 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to share with poorer countries over the next year.


BRUSSELS – Senior European Union officials join calls to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, stepping up pressure on China to be more open to the virus, ahead of the Group of Seven.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday that “we need to know where this is coming from in order to learn the right lessons and develop the right tools to ensure it does not happen again”.

Von der Leyen said that “investigators need full access to everything necessary to really find the source of this pandemic.” She said Europe had responded reasonably well to the heavy economic impact of virus restrictions, as it had learned the right lessons from the 2008 financial crisis.

European Council President Charles Michel said “the world has a right to know exactly what happened”.

Last month, President Joe Biden ordered U.S. intelligence officials to “redouble” their efforts to investigate the origins of the coronavirus, including any possibility that the trail could lead to a Chinese lab.

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