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G-7 leaders say 2021 will be turning point for multilateralism

Countries pledge to contribute $7.5bn toward distributing COVID vaccines

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosts the online G-7 Summit in the Cabinet Room at Downing Street in London on Feb. 19.   © Reuters

LONDON -- Leaders from the Group of Seven industrialized nations vowed to make the year 2021 a turning point for multilateralism, seeking to forge a united front on tackling the coronavirus crisis and cutting carbon emissions.

The virtual meeting held Friday was the G-7 debut for U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

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