Biden crafting message of a united west to challenge Russia and China

President Joe Biden speaks on his government’s global Covid-19 vaccination efforts ahead of the G-7 summit in St. Ives, England on Thursday. Patrick Semansky / AP

In what he called “a major step forward in the global fight” against the Covid-19 pandemic, President Biden announced that the United States will buy 500 million doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, to donate them to nearly 100 nations that are “in great need” around the world.

The vaccines will be delivered in August and 200 million doses will be given this year, the president said in a speech in St. Ives, England. Three hundred million will be shipped in the first half of 2022, Biden said.

“We’re doing this to save lives, to end this pandemic, that’s it. Period,” he said.

Biden highlighted the United States’ vaccination progress, saying the program “saved tens of thousands of lives”.

“It has allowed millions, millions of Americans to live their lives again. And since the beginning of my presidency, we have been clearly aware that we must also attack this virus worldwide. This is about our responsibility, ”Biden said.

“Right now, our values ​​are calling us to do everything in our power to vaccinate the world against Covid-19. It is also in the US’s self-interest. As long as the virus rages elsewhere, there is a risk of new mutations that could threaten. “Our people,” he said.

Biden said the G7 countries would announce “the full scope” of their commitment tomorrow, noting that the US vaccine donation was not “the end of our efforts to fight Covid-19 or vaccinate the world”.

“We need to turn manufactured cans into firearms to protect people and communities,” he said. “That’s why the United States is already allocating hundreds of millions in funding to support last-minute vaccination efforts, including new funding from Congress as part of the US rescue plan. And work with programs in Latin America, Asia and Africa. We are I will continue to make cans. Donate cans. Get jabs, as they say here in the UK, into guns. “