Delivering a recorded speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Saturday (September 26), Johnson said the COVID-19 pandemic has increased barriers to trade.He also presented a five-point plan to improve the international response to future pandemics.
His plan includes a global network of research hubs, more vaccine manufacturing capacity, and an agreement to reduce export tariffs imposed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He committed an initial 71 million pounds to the global vaccine partnership known as COVAX to secure purchase rights on 27 million doses, and 500 million to a separate COVAX initiative to help poorer countries access a vaccine.
Johnson also announced 340 million pounds ($433.23 million) in funding for the WHO spread across four years - a 30% increase on the previous four-year commitment - with around a third of the money dependent on reform to the organization.
Britain, along with France and Germany, is expressing support for the WHO, albeit tied to reforms, when the body faces criticism over its pandemic response.
The United States gave a year's notice in July that it is leaving the U.N. agency - which was created to improve health globally - after Trump accused it of being too close to China and having mishandled the COVID-19 pandemic.
BORIS JOHNSON: Now is the time, therefore hear what I devoutly hope will be the first and last ever Zoom UNGA for humanity to reach across borders and repair these ugly rifts. Let's heal the world literally and metaphorically.
However great the need for reform, the WHO, the World Health Organization, is still the one body that marshals humanity against the legions of the disease, and that's why we in the UK, Global Britain, are one of the biggest global funders of that organization, contributing 340 million pounds over the next four years. That's an increase of 30%.
Many countries imposed export controls at the outset of the pandemic, about 2/3 of which remain in force. Governments still target their trade barriers on exactly what we most need to combat the virus with tariffs-- get this-- on disinfectant, often exceeding 10%, for soap, tariffs of 30%. So I would urge every country to take a fifth step, fifth step and lift the export controls wherever possible and agree not to revive