President Joe Biden announced Wednesday the formation of a partnership between
the United States and European Union to further the global Covid-19 vaccination
President Joe Biden during a Covid summit pledged 500million vaccine doses to send
across the globe, as well as a partnership with the European Union to encourage
donations with ‘no political strings attached.
It brings the country’s total donation pledge above 1.1billion doses and comes just a
day after his first address to the United Nations General Assembly.
‘For every one shot we’ve administered to date in America, we have now committed
three shots to the rest of the world,’ Biden said during the summit. ‘We need other
high-income countries to deliver on their own ambitious vaccine donations and
pledges.’ The US will provide $370million to support administering Covid
vaccinations and delivering them globally, Biden announced.
Over $380million will be used to assist in the Global Vaccine Alliance to further
vaccine distributions to regions with the greatest need.
Biden’s goal is to have 70% of the world vaccinated in a year.
More than 100 foreign leaders and hundreds of private-sector figures,
philanthropists, and representatives of non-governmental organizations were
expected to attend the summit. It included a mix of speeches and recorded
statements, as well as sessions led by both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
The President shared the news of a new EU-US Covid vaccine partnership, created
with the goal of closer collaboration, encouraging global leaders to ‘donate, not sell’
vaccines to countries in need, and to provide donations with ‘no political strings