Former British PM urges world to defy new Covid-19 strain
(MENAFN) Previous UK prime minister Tony Blair encouraged the global community to “organise global genomic sequencing” in order to fasten efforts combating fresh strain.
He asked for a “set of travel standards and restrictions around travel or agreements as to what the conditions are for travel that are globally agreed.”
He also said to the BBC Radio 4 that “now the G7 could have done this; it didn’t. The G20 could have done it; we haven’t done it yet.”
“It should be done … If you don’t have an agreed set of standards and agreed sharing of data, it’s going to be much, much harder to get the global economy moving again,” adding “I can’t quite work out why the international community finds this so difficult to grapple with, but in the end unless there are a few leading countries including Britain that really lead this charge, it’s hard to see how we’re going to get through this.”
He continued to state that “if you’ve got large populations that are unvaccinated, it’s likely to mutate faster and further,” and “the failure to organize mass vaccination globally has been a huge problem right throughout this crisis.”
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