Biden unveils plan for US to donate 500M more COVID-19 vaccine doses

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President Joe Biden called on global leaders to join him in sharing coronavirus vaccines with nations around the world after he promised the U.S. would donate 500 million doses to help speed the pandemic's end.
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ST. IVES, England -- President Joe Biden called on global leaders Thursday to join him in sharing coronavirus vaccines with struggling nations around the world after he promised the U.S. would donate 500 million doses to help speed the pandemic's end and bolster the strategic position of the world's wealthiest democracies.Speaking in England before the summit meeting of the Group of Seven, Biden announced the U.S. commitment to vaccine sharing, which comes on top of 80 million doses he has already pledged by the end of the month. He argued it was in both America's interests and the world's to make vaccination widely and speedily available everywhere."We're going to help lead the world out of this pandemic working alongside our global partners," Biden said, announcing that on Friday the G-7 nations would join the U.S. in outlining their vaccine donation commitments.It's a remarkable turnaround of America's standing from a year ago, when the U.S. was the deadliest hotspot of the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing the cancellation of the G-7 summit it was due to host. Now, the country is emerging as a model for how to successfully recover from more than 15 months of global crisis."In times of trouble, Americans reach out to offer help," Biden said, saying the U.S. doses would "supercharge" the global vaccination campaign. "Our values call on us to do everything that we can to vaccinate the world against COVID-19.He added the doses would be shared "with no strings attached"…
By Zeke Miller and Aamer Madhani, Associated Press
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