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Biden and G7 leaders pledge to donate 1 billion COVID-19 vaccines

President Biden joins other democratic leaders around the world on the first day of the Group of 7 summit in Britain, in the hope of restoring the United States’ relationship with the democracies of the world and urging them to unite to face COVID-19 and other global challenges.

Leaders of the G7 and invited countries to provide more than a billion additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine globally, of which 500 million will come from the United States, the White House announced on Friday. The United States will lead the G7 and other countries in a global COVID-19 vaccination campaign. On Thursday, Biden announced the donation of US $ 3.5 billion worth of Pfizer doses.

The president’s message is that the world’s greatest democracies are working together and that democracy remains the most effective form of government.

Biden and G7 leaders pledge to donate 1 billion COVID-19 vaccines
(LR) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President of the European Council Charles Michel, US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for the family photo at the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021.

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The first day of the G7 summit comes after what Mr Biden called a “very productive” meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday. “Everyone is absolutely delighted to see you,” Johnson said when meeting with Mr Biden on Thursday, and called the president a “breath of fresh air”.

Some are already looking beyond the summit to the president’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin next Wednesday. Ahead of the first G7 session, a reporter asked the president what his message to Putin would be when Mr. Biden met him.

“I will tell you after I deliver it,” replied the president. First Lady Jill Biden said Thursday her husband was “over-prepared” after being asked if he was ready for the reunion.

Over the weekend, G7 leaders will spend much of their time discussing how their countries can contribute to the global economic recovery, as many countries are still financially destroyed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leaders will also discuss climate change, education and how democracies, not autocracies, set the best standards. Group of Seven leaders are also expected to make an announcement on their commitment to end the pandemic and donate vaccines to poorer countries.

In 2018, when G7 leaders met, President Trump did not sign the communiqué and called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “weak.”

On Friday evening, G7 members and their spouses will join Queen Elizabeth II for dinner. Most of the meetings will take place on Saturday.

On Friday morning, First Lady Jill Biden and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, visited a school in Cornwall and met rabbits taken care of by school children. The first lady also participated in a panel discussion with Middleton and child development experts on the importance of parental involvement and early childhood education.


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