| 21 February 2024, Wednesday |

Merkel says pandemic will not end until world is vaccinated

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that her country and other wealthy countries may need to give some of their own stock of vaccines to developing countries in addition to money, since only vaccinating the whole world will bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end.

Speaking after a video conference of leaders of the G7 group of large developed economies, the Chancellor said they had not discussed specific percentages of their vaccine stocks that need to be given to poorer countries.

However, she told reporters: “I stressed in my intervention that the pandemic is not over until all people in the world have been vaccinated.”

  • Reuters