Biden pledges donation of 500 million vaccine doses
U.S. President Joe Biden pledged 500 million doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to developing nations.
While taking to reporters after meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ahead of the G7 Summit in Cornwall, Biden said that vaccinating the rest of the world was the only way to end the pandemic for good.
"From the beginning of my presidency, we have been clear-eyed. We need to attack this virus globally as well," Biden said in a televised speech. "This is about our responsibility our humanitarian obligation to save as many lives as we can. In these times of need, the U.S. needs to step up and help and lead."
Biden said the United States would be "the arsenal of vaccines" to help poorer countries.
Biden's pledge would make the United States the world's biggest donor to COVAX, a UN scheme to distribute jabs to the developing world.
He said that his fellow G7 leaders would join him in offering more doses to those who need them, DW reported.