By Amer Mathani, associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) – Joe Biden will use his first major presidential moment on the global stage at the Seventh Meeting of World Leaders on Friday to announce that the US will soon begin an international effort to increase the purchase and distribution of coronoviruses. For $ 4 billion. White House officials said that the vaccine for poor countries.
According to a senior administration official, Biden encouraged G-7 Partners to encourage COVAX to make good on its promise, an initiative of the World Health Organization to improve vaccine access.
Former President Donald Trump refused to participate in the COVAX initiative because of his ties with the WHO, with the Geneva-based agency accusing Trump of covering up China’s missteps in dealing with the virus at the start of a public health crisis . Trump forced the US out of the WHO, but Biden moved quickly after his inauguration last month and confirmed that the US would contribute to COVAX.
The $ 4 billion in US funding was approved by Congress in December and will be disbursed through 2022.
White House press secretary Jane Saki told reporters on Thursday that the US is working through COVAX to ensure that there is “equal distribution of vaccines and funding.”
It remains to be seen how G-7 partners will take Biden’s call for more international cooperation on vaccine delivery, as the US refused to participate in the initiative under Trump and Biden to distribute some US-made Calls for administration are increasing. The vaccine supplies overseas.
French President Emmanuel Macron, in an interview with the Financial Times on Thursday, called on the US and European countries to allocate up to 5% of the current vaccine supply to developing countries – the kind of vaccine diplomacy China and Russia have introduced .
And earlier this week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sharply criticized the “wildly uneven and inappropriate” delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, stating that 10 countries administered 75% of all vaccinations.
Last month, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with Biden, also hoped to get the vaccine from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer’s facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, according to a senior Canadian government official who, on condition of anonymity, Associated Talked to the press. private conversation.
Canada is receiving all its Pfizer supplements from a company facility in Puers, Belgium, and has experienced supply disruptions.
But Biden, who announced last week that there would be sufficient supplies to vaccinate 300 million people in the US by the end of summer, has yet to focus on ensuring that every American gets vaccinated.
The president, in his first national security memorandum last month, called on his administration to develop a framework for donating surplus vaccines when the US has sufficient supplies.
The COVAX program has already missed its goal of introducing coronovirus vaccination in poor countries, with shots being rolled out in rich countries. The WHO states that COVAX requires $ 5 billion in 2021.
Guterres said Wednesday that 130 countries have not taken a single dose of the vaccine and declared that “at this critical moment, vaccine equity is the largest ethical test in front of the global community.”
The group of seven industrialized countries are the United States, Germany, Japan, Britain, France, Canada, and Italy. The G-7 meeting of Biden’s presidency is being held virtually on Friday.
In addition to discussing vaccine distribution, Biden also plans to use the meeting to discuss the collective competition and economic challenges of the G-7 countries presented by China, according to the White House.
Biden is also scheduled to deliver a virtual address at the Munich Security Conference on Friday before traveling to Michigan to facilitate Pfizer’s vaccine manufacturing.
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