Countries in the Group of Seven (G7) have agreed to increase cooperation on vaccine and medical trials to combat COVID-19 and future pandemics.
The UK government made the announcement after hosting a two-day G7 Health Ministers’ meeting at the University of Oxford.
According to the official statement, a clinical trial of therapeutics and vaccines will be started soon. It aims to help with high quality tests and avoid unnecessary duplication.
It includes (the agreement) a range of measures to make us all safer through clinical trials, quicker and wider access to safe vaccines, better use of data, better health monitoring tools, and greater cooperation between countries.
The G7 countries have also agreed to work together on mutually recognizing tests and vaccination certificates. The G7 group includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US.