Biden to announce billions in aid for global vaccine effort at G7

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will also use the call on Friday to announce a doubling of the European Union's cash commitment for the Covax program, according to an EU official familiar with the matter, bringing the bloc's contribution to the vaccine supplier for poorer nations to 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion).

Why it matters: The Biden administration announced last month that it would participate in COVAX, reversing former President Donald Trump's refusal to join the program because of its connection to the World Health Organization.

The US government has secured 600 million doses of vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna that will be available by the end of July. Britain has pledged $971 million to COVAX.

The programme is at risk off ailing, mainly due to a lack of funds.

Canada has faced shortfalls in deliveries of vaccines in recent weeks, but Trudeau has said they are scheduled to ramp up again.

"This pandemic is not going to end unless we end it globally", a senior administration official said. He'll also call on his counterparts to back efforts to speed up the development of vaccines for new diseases, setting a target of slashing the period to 100 days from the approximately 300 days it took to develop coronavirus vaccines.

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Global anxiety over vaccine race: French President Emmanuel Macron in an interview published on Thursday said he was hoping to convince Biden and other G7 leaders to commit to immediately sharing 3 to 5 percent of their vaccine supply with poorer countries.

He has asked Sir Patrick Vallance to work with worldwide partners, including the World Health Organization and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), as well as industry and scientific experts to advise the G7 on speeding up the process for developing vaccines, treatments and tests for common pathogens.

Perhaps more than ever, the hopes of the world rest on the shoulders of scientists and over the previous year, like countless times before, they have risen to the challenge. "As G7 leaders prepare to meet for the first time since this pandemic started, the Biden administration should show strong global leadership and establish a framework and timeline for a global plan to distribute excess vaccine doses to countries who need it while simultaneously vaccinating the US' domestic population".

Biden will make the announcement during a virtual meeting of G-7 leaders about the pandemic.

By harnessing our collective ingenuity, we can ensure we have the vaccines, treatments and tests to be battle-ready for future health threats, as we beat Covid-19 and build back better together.

The regular 2020 annual leaders' summit, which was to have been hosted by former USA president Donald Trump, was ultimately scrapped as America battled with a surging death count due to COVID-19.

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