Scott Morrison lands after fog delays G7 arrival, promises 20 million vaccines for developing countries

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Scott Morrison’s UK journey for the G7 had gotten off to a bad start after his plane was diverted due to heavy fog, but it didn’t stop him from making an important vaccine promise.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has landed in Oxfordshire in the UK ahead of the important G7 summit, declaring: « There has never been a more important moment for Australia…

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has landed in Oxfordshire in the UK ahead of the important G7 summit, declaring: « There has never been a more important moment for Australia to sit at such a table ». Morrison said Australia’s success in combating the coronavirus pandemic in both economic and health terms, promoting a rules-based order, climate change and the new energy economy, and securing the Indo-Pacific from foreign threats are the most important. would be the focus of the meeting.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison lands in the UK for the G7 summit in Cornwall. Photo: Adam Taylor/PMOSource:Supplied

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has arrived in the UK for the G7 meeting and immediately promised at least 20 million doses for developing countries.

Mr Morrison’s journey had a rough start after his plane was delayed four hours by fog forcing him to land at RAF Brize Norton near Oxford and not at Cornwall Airport in Newquay as originally planned.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison lands in the UK for the G7 summit in Cornwall.  Photo: Adam Taylor/PMO

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison lands in the UK for the G7 summit in Cornwall. Photo: Adam Taylor/PMOSource:Supplied

The prime minister’s vaccine promise follows similar promises from other G7 leaders, including US President Joe Biden, who will meet Mr Morrison at the three-day economic summit.

Australia’s commitment includes locally made vaccines, as well as a mix from Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison lands in the United Kingdom.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison lands in the United Kingdom.Source:Supplied

« Australia will do its part, as we’ve already done, by delivering some 20 million doses as part of that effort here at the G7 Plus in Cornwall, » he said. “That’s in addition to our very recent $100 million pledge to support the COVAX initiative, in partnership with Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshi Suga, and I commend him for his great leadership in that initiative.

“These 20 million doses will be used to support doses in our region, to ensure we continue to live up to our responsibility as part of a wider global responsibility to fight this virus.”

Australia is not part of the G7, but will be a guest as part of the « G7 Plus », which will include invitees South Africa, India and South Korea.

After the G7, Morrison will head to London for talks with the British Prime Minister, Mr Johnson, in hopes of concluding a free trade agreement between their two countries.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has a bilateral meeting with British leader Boris Johnson at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, in 2019.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has a bilateral meeting with British leader Boris Johnson at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, in 2019.Source: News Corp Australia

However, Mr Morrison said in an op-ed in the British Telegraph that Australia would not accept a deal that would go against its national interests.

He said a « strategic balance » had to be found in the Indo-Pacific that « promotes freedom and allows us to be who we are – a vibrant liberal democracy, an outward-looking open economy (and) a free people that is determined to shape our own destiny in accordance with national sovereignty ».

Morrison will also spend his time in London early next week visiting the Queen at Windsor Castle before flying to Paris to meet French President Emmanuel Macron.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) greets Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (L) and his wife Jenny during an audience at Buckingham Palace in 2019.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (R) greets Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (L) and his wife Jenny during an audience at Buckingham Palace in 2019.Source: AFP

Mr Morrison will use his first face-to-face meeting with Mr Biden to discuss climate change and how the US and Australia can best respond to emerging cyber and technology threats from countries such as China and Russia.

The Prime Minister told the Australian his main message at the Cornish summit was that « no country in our region should compromise its values ​​or interests in order to live together peacefully ».

Mr Biden has encouraged other countries to crack down on China’s economic coercion, but Mr Morrison stressed that competition between the US and China « didn’t have to lead to conflict ».

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (2R) and his wife Carrie Johnson (R) greet US President Joe Biden (2L) and First Lady Jill Biden during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (2R) and his wife Carrie Johnson (R) greet US President Joe Biden (2L) and First Lady Jill Biden during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.Source: AFP

Mr Morrison has an interesting family connection to Cornwall, with the Prime Minister admitting this week that his « fifth great-grandfather » William Roberts was expelled from the city for stealing « five pounds and a half weight of yarn » in 1786 and sent to Australia as part of the First Fleet.

« It’s been a long time since any of my relatives were in Cornwall, » Morrison said in a speech in Perth on Wednesday.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists take part in the Sound The Alar march at the G7 summit in Cornwall.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists take part in the Sound The Alar march during the G7 summit in Cornwall.Source: Getty Images

Hundreds of protesters protest against G7

Activists take part in a protest march against Extinction Rebellion climate change in St Ives, Cornwall.

Activists take part in a protest march against Extinction Rebellion climate change in St Ives, Cornwall.Source: AFP

The talks have already sparked protests as more than 500 Extinction Rebellion protesters blocked roads and called world leaders « liars » near Cornwall.

Extinction Rebellion, a climate activist group, says the protests are in response to the G7 countries’ failure to « comply with the global climate commitments they made in Paris in 2015 » and « to denounce the leaders meeting at Carbis Bay in Cornwall. » urges immediate action to address the climate and environmental emergency”.

Activists from the climate change protest group Extinction Rebellion pour a black liquid to represent oil into the mouth of a fellow activist as they demonstrate against oil giant Shell on a beach in St Ives, Cornwall.

Activists from the climate change protest group Extinction Rebellion pour a black liquid to represent oil into the mouth of a fellow activist as they demonstrate against oil giant Shell on a beach in St Ives, Cornwall.Source: AFP

Members of the group said they were there to represent the threat to seas and wildlife if more decisive action is not taken to combat climate change.

There were also flags that read « G7 is drowning in promises » and « Action, not words ».

Devon and Cornwall Police said in a Twitter post that they were monitoring the situation and warning locals about delays in the area, particularly in the city centre.

Activists hold a banner that reads 'The destruction of nature will lead to more pandemics' while others pose as dead bodies during an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest on the beach in St Ives, Cornwall.

Activists hold a banner that reads ‘The destruction of nature will lead to more pandemics’ while others pose as dead bodies during an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest on the beach in St Ives, Cornwall.Source: AFP

Some protesters also held a silent protest, while others gathered on the city’s beach and applied cardboard cutouts of the faces of world leaders.

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