UK Boris Johnson to urge global unity against virus

Boris Johnson to urge global unity against virus

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell the U.N. General Assembly that the coronavirus pandemic has frayed the bonds between nations and will urge world leaders to unite against the “common foe” of COVID-19.

Johnson’s office says he’ll use his speech on Saturday to say that nine months into the pandemic, “the very notion of the international community looks tattered.”

The prime minister’s 10 Downing St. office says Johnson will call for countries to share more data on disease outbreaks and to stop slapping export controls on essential goods as part of efforts to prevent future pandemics.

Johnson, who was hospitalized with COVID-19 in the spring, is seeking to counter the impression that Britain is retreating from the world stage in the wake of its departure from the European Union.