UK and U.S. agree on importance of global COVID vaccine rollout to end pandemic

G7 foreign ministers convene in London for the first face-to-face meeting in two years

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken agreed on the need for a global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines to end the pandemic, Downing Street said on Tuesday after the pair met in London.

"The Prime Minister and Secretary Blinken agreed that the global roll out of vaccines will be key to defeating the coronavirus pandemic," Johnson's office said in a statement.

"They underlined the importance of G7 work in this area, including efforts to increase international manufacturing capability."

(Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by Chris Reese)