Yet although Mr Biden has vowed to make the United States an “arsenal of vaccines” for the world, White House officials have attempted to manage pre-summit expectations that there will be important announcements about the world. sharing of vaccines.
Jake Sullivan, the president’s national security adviser, told Air Force One reporters on their way to Rome that “the main focus of the effort on Covid-19 is not really crossing the G20.” He said a virtual summit hosted by Mr Biden in September set “more ambitious goals” for countries to commit to sharing doses of the vaccine.
Although Secretary of State Antony Blinken is due to host a meeting of dozens of countries and non-governmental organizations later this year to secure commitments on vaccine sharing, Sullivan said the G20 is focusing on to come up.
Mr Biden said in June that the United States would buy 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for the poorest countries. He continued in September by announcing an additional 500 million doses of Pfizer, as well as pledging an additional $ 750 million for vaccine distribution, about half of which is through a nonprofit involved in vaccinations. global.
Only around 300 million of those doses are expected to ship this year, a number that experts say is less than the amount needed for meaningful protection against the virus.