G-7 Leaders Are Set To Pledge 1 Billion Coronavirus Vaccines To Other Countries
World leaders of the Group of Seven are expected to announce today a commitment to share 1 billion of their COVID-19 vaccine resources with the lower income countries struggling to control the spread of the virus.
On Thursday, President Biden announced plans for the U.S. to donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine globally. The first 200 million are expected to be distributed this year and the rest will follow in 2022.
“Our values call on us to do everything that we can to vaccinate the world against COVID-19,” Biden said of the decision. “It’s also in America’s self-interest. As long as the virus rages elsewhere, there’s a risk of new mutations that could threaten our people.”
Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the U.S. make up the G-7.
The move by the wealthy democracies to share their vaccine stockpiles comes as high vaccination levels in those countries have led to a decline in infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. Enough improvements have been made in the U.S. and U.K. for coronavirus-related protocols to ease.
But in South Asia and Latin America, countries are still struggling to contain the virus.