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Politics GOP senators applaud Biden for global vaccine donation plans

01:25  11 june  2021
01:25  11 june  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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“Our vaccine donations don’t include pressure for favours, or potential concessions. We’re doing this to save lives, to end this pandemic, and that’s it,” he said. Shipment of COVID-19 vaccines provided through the COVAX global initiative arriving at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia [File: Farah Abdi Biden had faced mounting pressure to outline his global vaccine sharing plan , especially as inequities in supply around the world have become more pronounced and the demand for shots in the US has dropped precipitously in recent weeks. “It’s our very strong view that given the lack of coverage

US President Joe Biden has called on global leaders to share COVID vaccines with the developing world. He said the United States would become the "arsenal of vaccines " to help poorer nations to beat coronavirus. Biden made the announcement while taking to reporters after meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ahead of the G7 Summit in Cornwall. Biden said that vaccinating the rest of the world was the only way to end the pandemic for good. "From the beginning of my presidency, we have been clear-eyed.

A pair of Republican senators applauded President Biden on Thursday after he announced that the U.S. will donate 500 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to countries worldwide.

Lindsey Graham wearing a suit and tie: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) © Greg Nash Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

Biden, speaking ahead of a meeting of G7 global leaders in the United Kingdom, announced that the U.S. will purchase and distribute 500 million vaccine doses internationally to "supercharge" the global fight against COVID-19.

"We're taking a major step that will supercharge the global fight against this pandemic," Biden said, adding that the U.S. will be the "arsenal of vaccines" just as it was the "arsenal of democracy" during World War II.

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Today, President Biden will announce that the United States will purchase and donate half a billion Pfizer vaccines to 92 low- and lower middle-income countries and the African Union, an historic action that will help supercharge the global fight against the pandemic. This is the largest-ever purchase and Today’s historic announcement comes on the heels of President Biden ’s donation of at least 80 million vaccines from the United States’ supply by the end of June. Additionally, the United States has contributed two billion dollars to COVAX, more than any other nation—and is supporting local

President Joe Biden is expected to make the announcement before the G7 summit kicks off. The donation comes as the US attempts to reclaim its role as a global leader after four years of isolationism. The White House said Thursday that US President Joe Biden will announce that the US has ordered 500 million doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer coronavirus vaccine with the aim of donating them to poorer countries . It would be the largest COVID vaccine donation by a single nation.

GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) praised Biden's announcement in separate statements, calling it a "good investment" and "the right move."

"I support the effort of the Biden Administration to donate vaccines to at-risk populations throughout the world and hope other countries will follow America's lead. I believe this to be a good investment by the American taxpayer," Graham said in a statement.

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Biden Reveals Global Plan To Donate Pfizer Vaccine Doses, But It Won’t Solve Africa’s Extreme Shortage. While the Biden administration's newly announced plan is a step forward, it won't totally address the 700 million dose shortage Africa is currently facing. The donation will go to 92 countries, including the African Union over the next year. “We have to end COVID-19 not just at home — which we’re doing — but everywhere,” Biden said while addressing a crowd of masked onlookers in England. Last week Biden announced the United States would donate 25 million doses of surplus vaccines

Mr Biden ’s pledge, if accurate, would be a major step up in commitment to ending the global Covid-19 pandemic by the US, which previously planned to donate about 80 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to developing nations including 19 million doses that are to be shared with the World Health Organization's COVAX effort. It wasn’t immediately clear what share of the Biden administration’s new vaccine donation would go to the COVAX effort. The WHO-led program aims to help countries vaccinate at least 20 percent of their total population against Covid-19, but suffers from insufficient access to

Sasse offered similar praise for the move, commending Biden's announcement before pivoting to the Chinese Communist Party.

"Health diplomacy is a smart investment and buying these vaccines is the right move. America should have an aggressive strategy to vaccinate a billion people around the world this year. America should administer these vaccines directly in order to counter the Chinese Communist Party's strategy of using the pandemic to gain the upper hand - they've conditioned their garbage vaccines on breaking ties with America's ally Taiwan," Sasse continued in a statement.

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The largest ever vaccine donation by a single country will cost the United States .5 billion but will spur further donations from other G7 leaders - including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. G7 leaders want to vaccinate the world by the end of 2022 to try to halt the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed The new vaccine donations come on top of 80 million doses Washington has already pledged to donate by the end of June. There is also billion in funding earmarked for the COVAX programme led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization

President Joe Biden will unveil a billion US contribution to a global coronavirus vaccine initiative when he speaks with the leaders of the world's leading market economies on Friday, according to senior administration officials, boosting efforts to distribute shots to low- and middle-income countries as wealthier nations snap up the limited supply.

"America is different and we should show it. We should move quickly to share these life-saving shots with friends in Asia and across the developing world with a simple message: Uncle Sam, not Chairman Xi, cares about your health," he added.

The first vaccines, according to the White House, will begin shipping in August, with 200 million doses available this year and the remaining 300 million doses coming next year.

The vaccines will be sent to 92 lower-income countries.

Biden's announcement comes amid a push by lawmakers on Capitol Hill calling on the White House to take action to help vaccine the world against COVID-19.

More than 40 House Democrats penned a letter to the president last week urging him to "do more" to help vaccinate countries abroad.

Additionally, Sasse last month penned an op-ed calling on Biden to help vaccine more than one billion people globally.

The G7 countries are also facing pressure to pay for COVID-19 vaccinations worldwide ahead of their summit set to kick off on Friday.

In a letter seen by The Guardian, more than 100 former world leaders called on the G7 nations to help cover the cost of vaccinating the world against COVID-19.

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