Aug 4, 2021

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Watch: Biden and Boris botch Ramaphosa’s introduction to G7

Oops! It looks like US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson both conspired to screw-up Cyril Ramaphosa’s introduction to the G7 summit in Cornwall – after the former misheard the latter.

Joe Biden stumbles over Cyril Ramaphosa introduction

Critics will say this was a classic example of ‘Sleepy Joe’ – but he wouldn’t be the only president to struggle with remembering President Ramaphosa’s name, and even Donald Trump has found it tough going. However, this took place at a global event, and Cyril’s path into the limelight was further obstructed by a jittery Johnson…

The PM was seemingly thrown off by Joe Biden asking him to introduce Ramaphosa – just seconds after he’d already done so. However, Johnson didn’t name him, but rather, referred to the 68-year-old as ‘the president of South Africa’. Now, either Biden just doesn’t listen to a word Boris says anymore, or the Democratic leader was caught off-guard.

Watch: Bamboozled Boris halted by Biden introduction gaffe

Ramaphosa rallies for ‘vaccine patent waivers’

Silliness aside, Cyril Ramaphosa used his appearance at the G7 summit to lobby for the waiving of vaccine patents across the world. This would allow every nation with the facilities to produce their own vaccines, thus speeding up the rollout of the jabs worldwide. However, intellectual property rights remain a tough minefield to navigate…

“Since its formation a year ago, the ACT-Accelerator has supported more than 70 countries to expand lab infrastructure for testing and delivered millions of rapid diagnostic tests; accelerated development and production of vaccines; delivered more than 69 million doses since February 2021; and procured PPE with a value of $500 million.”

“If we are to end the pandemic, we need to expand and diversify manufacturing and get medical products to treat, combat, and prevent the pandemic to as many people as quickly as possible. Addressing the intellectual property barriersis fundamental for scaling up manufacturing of medical products and equipment” | Cyril Ramaphosa