Joe Biden praises his plan to make the US the ‘arsenal of vaccines’

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President Joe Biden Thursday praised what he called a “historic announcement” to allow the US to serve as a “vaccine arsenal” as part of an effort to eradicate the coronavirus.

Speaking from St. Ives as he begins his week-long tour of Britain before heading to the continent to meet with a string of world leaders, Biden championed another US bid to contract $500 million worth of Pfizer vaccines.

The plan is to distribute them to the international COVAX program, but also directly to some countries.

In the UK, President Joe Biden said the US will be the 'arsenal of vaccines' as he spoke of a bid to send 500 million doses of Pfizer overseas

In the UK, President Joe Biden said the US will be the ‘arsenal of vaccines’ as he spoke of a bid to send 500 million doses of Pfizer overseas

Biden praised US economic gains and forecasted growth. “Just as the US economy is recovering, it is in all of our interests that the global economy also starts to cover recovery,” he said.

That’s why, as I said in my speech to the joint session of Congress in April, American will be the arsenal of vaccines, and our fight against global COVID-19, just as America was the arsenal of democracy during the Second World War. world war.

He called it a “historic announcement” and said America “knows firsthand the tragedies of this pandemic” as the leader in recorded deaths.

“We had more people died in the United States than anywhere else in the world, nearly 600,000 being fellow Americans, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents. More deaths from COVID-19 in the United States than from the First World War and the Second World War. The Vietnam War and 911 combined combined,” he said.

Biden spoke at the start of a G7 summit in Cornwall

Biden spoke at the start of a G7 summit in Cornwall

“We know the tragedy. We also know the road to recovery,” he said, as the UK and Europe continue to impose strict lockdown measures that US states have begun to lift.

Vaccination rates in the US have reached 64 percent, but it will take some time to reach Biden’s goal of getting 70 percent of adults vaccinated. Just getting the vaccines out the door – what’s expected to meet as early as next year won’t solve the problem, as many of the countries that get them will have difficulties firing up arms, just like in the US

“It took our government a tremendous effort to address one of the greatest, and I would say most complicated logistical challenges in our history, the ingenuity of scientists, building on decades of research to develop a vaccine.” Biden said. “It took the full capacity of US companies manufacturing and delivering the vaccines around the clock.

And as a result. You are the lowest number of daily deaths since the first day of this pandemic. Our economy is recovering, our vaccination program has already saved tens of thousands of lives growing every day, and has enabled millions, millions of Americans to live their lives again.

The US signs contracts with Pfizer over what it says is a non-profit base to distribute vaccines to countries around the world

The US signs contracts with Pfizer over what it says is a non-profit base to distribute vaccines to countries around the world

“This is about our responsibility, our humanitarian duty to save as many lives as possible. and our responsibility to our values. We value the inherent dignity of all people in difficult times. Americans reach out, offer help and lend a helping hand,” Biden said.

And when we see people all over the world suffering pain and suffering, we try to help as best we can.

He also pointed to two-pronged efforts to help the planet Earth, including a major George W. Bush administration dealing with HIV/AIDS.

He called the attempt “in America’s own interest” as dangerous new virus variants spread.

His administration describes the effort as part of a way to show the world that democracies are the best way forward.

At a news conference Thursday, a senior government official said most of the vaccines would be distributed through the international COVAX program managed by the World Health Organization.

To reiterate, the US is taking this historic step by purchasing half a billion doses of Pfizer vaccine and donating them to countries that need them most, including the 92 Advance Market Commitment countries – these are the countries and economies with the lowest incomes in the world — and members of African Union member states,” the official said.

The US will not “seek favors” from countries that get the vaccine.

And in this regard, the United States does not seek favors in exchange for these doses. We make no demands on countries to get these doses. We do not impose any conditions – political or economic or otherwise – on countries receiving these doses. We will be guided by science and public health experts in assigning them to the places where they can make the most difference, and to allocate them broadly so that countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, in Africa, Asia and parts of Oceania can benefit from these Pfizer doses,” the official said.

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