BBC Newsnight: Greta Thunberg calls for Covid vaccines to be shared around world

Greta Thunberg snubs Joe Biden in environmental interview

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The 18-year-old climate and environment activist appeared on yesterday’s episode of BBC Newsnight to call on richer countries to share Covid jabs. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to raise the matter at this weeks G7 summit, as the Government comes under pressure to “vaccinate the world”.

Newsnight host Mark Urban asked Ms Thunberg about whether the UK should send Covid vaccines abroad.

She said: “Of course I understand that many people have very different opinions on this.

“But I myself think that in the first hand prioritise people in risk groups and in older age groups before vaccinating healthy young people, no matter where in the world they come from.”

Earlier in the programme, Ms Thunberg also said climate change must be treated as a “crisis” rather than what she believes is seen as a “minor, political topic”.

At the G7 summit, Mr Johnson will urge leaders from the six other richest countries on Earth to vaccinate the world against Covid by the end of 2022.

Ahead of the conference, the Prime Minister said he would ask his counterparts to “rise to the greatest challenge of the post-war era”.

He added vaccinating the world by next year would be the “single greatest feat in medical history”.

However, the UK and Canada have still not confirmed how many vaccine doses they plan to donate to the global vaccine-sharing programme, Covax.

It also comes as the NHS allowed over-25s to book vaccinations yesterday, with 493,000 slots being reserved in one day.

The vaccination rollout, after being extended, has seen another 112,941 first doses and 306,068 second doses administered yesterday.

In total, the UK has administered 40,573,517 first doses and 28,227,362 second doses, equalling 77 percent and 53.6 percent of the population respectively.

Yesterday saw another 6,048 cases and 13 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test recorded.

So far, the UK has seen 4,528,442 cases and 127,854 deaths.

Also speaking on Newsnight, Ms Thunberg took a swipe at US President Joe Biden over his environmental policy.

Mr Biden committed to rejoining the 2015 Paris Accords when he started his term, and he is also expected to debate a new climate change plan at the G7.

However, Ms Thunberg said of the US President: “We just care about the actual action that is going on, if they are taking real action or not.

“Of course Biden may be a bit less worse for the environment but still we have to look at the actual emissions and the actual action that they are taking.”

The activist did admit the US President offers a “completely different story” compared to Donald Trump who denied climate science.

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