Joe Biden was corrected by Boris Johnson after the president interrupted him at the G7 summit

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Joe Biden points while sitting next to Boris Johnson at the G7 Summit
Boris Johnson and Joe Biden at the G7 summit. Getty
  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was seen correcting US President Joe Biden at the G7 summit.

  • Biden wrongly suggested Johnson hadn't introduced South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

  • The UK prime minister appeared to twice wave away the president's interruptions.

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was seen correcting US President Joe Biden at this weekend's G7 summit in England after the president interrupted him to wrongly suggest that Johnson had failed to introduce South Africa's president at a roundtable of world leaders.

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Johnson appeared to twice wave away Biden's interruptions Saturday, while he was hosting a roundtable of world leaders at the G7 summit.

The UK prime minister welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi via video link and then introduced South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who joined the leaders of the G7 grouping, which consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US.

"And the president of South Africa," Biden added to Johnson.

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"And the president of South Africa, as I said earlier on," Johnson replied.

"Oh, you did," Biden said.

"I did, I certainly did," Johnson said.

World leaders agreed at the summit - the major first in-person meeting of the G7 since the coronavirus pandemic - to donate 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to poorer countries over the next 12 months.

They also agreed to do more to address the climate crisis and renewed a pledge to raise $100 billion a year to help poor countries cut carbon emissions.

Some charities and campaign groups, however, said the commitments were vague and did not go far enough.

"Never in the history of the G7 has there been a bigger gap between their actions and the needs of the world," said Oxfam's head of inequality policy, Max Lawson, in a statement cited by The Guardian.

"We don't need to wait for history to judge this summit a colossal failure - it is plain for all to see."

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