G-7 Leaders Commit to Donate 1 Billion Vaccine Doses to Other Countries

Headline Roundup June 11th, 2021

Leaders at the G-7 Summit committed to donate a combined 1 billion coronavirus vaccines to poorer countries, including 500 million from the U.S. and 100 million from the U.K. The news comes amid President Joe Biden’s first day attending the G-7 Summit, where he met with leaders from the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan and the European Union. The G-7 leaders are also expected to endorse a global 15% minimum corporate tax rate, following an agreement reached on Saturday. 

As of Friday afternoon, coverage of the G-7 Summit across the spectrum focused on the vaccine commitment or the corporate tax agreement. Some coverage in right-rated outlets used critical language like "Biden meets Brits at swanky UK retreat" and "snidely joking."

From the Center

The Group of 7 wealthy nations on Friday pledged to deliver more than 1 billion doses of the coronavirus vaccine to lower-income countries beginning this summer.

Why it matters: The G7 countries have been criticized for not sharing vaccines with nations that have fewer resources and are struggling to contain new waves of the pandemic.

The big picture: The G7 committed to delivering COVID-19 vaccines to other countries over the next 12 months, per a White House statement.

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From the Left

President Biden is joining other world democratic leaders on the first day of the Group of 7 summit in Britain, hoping to restore U.S. relations with the world's democracies and urging them to unite to confront COVID-19 and other global challenges.

Leaders of the G7 and guest countries will provide more than 1 billion additional COVID-19 vaccine doses for the world, 500 million of which will come from the United States, the White House said Friday. The U.S. will lead the G7 and other countries in a global COVID-19 vaccination campaign....

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From the Right

Leaders of the G-7 countries are set to pledge the distribution of 1 billion vaccines to 100 developing nations during this week’s summit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday.

On the eve of the summit, President Biden announced that the U.S. will purchase 500 million doses from Pfizer and will supply half of all the vaccines set to be shared globally.

The U.K. is expected to commit to sending 100 million doses worldwide.

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