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G7 foreign ministers pledge to expand the production of COVID-19 vaccines Updated: 2021-05-06 09:57:41 KST

The Group of Seven's foreign ministers pledged to expand the manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines with a goal of shortening the lifespan of the pandemic.
"We commit to working with industry to facilitate expanded manufacturing at scale of affordable COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics and their component parts," said the ministers in a joint statement after the meeting.
They added this could be done by "promoting partnerships between companies, and encouraging voluntary licensing and tech transfer agreements on mutually agreed terms".
As for global peace, the ministers urged North Korea to return to dialogue.
The communique released on Wednesday read, "We remain committed to the goal of complete, verifiable and irreversible abandonment of all of the DPRK's unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions,"
As for nuclear weapons, they also showed their commitment to preventing Iran from developing them.
The ministers welcomed hints of a return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action by the U.S. and Iran saying "The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action remains the best way to ensure the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme. It is vital that Iran preserves the space for these discussions by avoiding any further escalation."
As for the crisis in Myanmar, the ministers condemned violence by the military while urging for the release of political prisoners, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
Foreign and Development Ministers of G7 along with foreign ministers from South Korea, India, Australia, and South Africa met in London as a part of the G7 meetings, ahead of the summit which will be held in June.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.
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