Covid-19 Vaccine

Part of Foreign and Commonwealth Office – in the House of Commons on 11th May 2020.

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Photo of Lisa Nandy Lisa Nandy Shadow Foreign Secretary

The UK’s participation in the international pledging conference was extremely welcome, but it is deeply concerning that the USA was notable by its absence. Without US participation, the search for a vaccine will undeniably be slower and more lives will be lost, so can the Foreign Secretary reassure us that he or the Prime Minister asked the United States to attend? What was its reason for turning us down? What realistically does he think the UK can do to turn this situation around before not just the Gavi summit that he mentioned but the crunch G7 leaders summit in June?