"I have a global vaccination strategy," President Joe Biden reported before his trip to the UK with an eye toward "strengthening the alliance" with the European Union.
On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden announced that he would present a global vaccination strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic on his European tour. "I have a strategy (on global vaccination), and I will announce it," Biden said without giving reporters further details in a brief statement at Andrews Air Force Base, shortly before leaving for the United Kingdom on his first international trip.
A few hours later, The Washington Post and The New York Times reported that the Biden administration is buying 500 million doses of Pfizer's Coronavirus vaccine to donate to the world, as the United States dramatically increases its efforts to help vaccinate the world's population.
After receiving criticism from the international community for not sharing vaccines, Biden reported that the US would distribute 80 million vaccines, most of it through COVAX, the program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The United States, where the first COVID-19 vaccine was administered in December 2020, currently has more than 53% of its adults fully vaccinated.
Likewise, Biden indicated that his trip to Europe aims to " strengthen the alliance " and "make it clear to Russia and China that" the United States and Europe are together. "
Biden took off from Andrews Base, outside Washington, on the presidential plane shortly before 9 a.m. local time, accompanied by his wife, the first lady, Jill Biden.
Tonight, the US president's plane is scheduled to land in Cornwall (the United Kingdom). On Thursday, he will meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson before participating, starting Friday, in the G7 summit, which will last three days.
Later, Biden will go to Brussels to meet with his European partners and, finally, to Geneva (Switzerland) to hold his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 16.
For its part, the European Commission asked President Biden on Wednesday to move from "good intentions" to "concrete actions" in cooperation between the European Union and the United States when they meet next week.
"We have the largest commercial relationship in the world, but the association goes beyond the economic, we have shared values , and we promote democracy in the world," said the Commission's economic vice-president, Vladis Dombrosvkis, in an intervention before the European Parliament. The Latin politician said that when the European Union and the United States speak with their voices, things move forward, and the atmosphere has improved after years of turmoil.
In this context, he assured that he expects renewed leadership from Washington on issues such as the fight against the pandemic, economic recovery after the crisis, digital transformation, and climate policy, and a fundamental role in the reform of international organizations as the World Organization. Of Commerce (WTO).
Biden's visit next week will mark the beginning of a new era in transatlantic relations, a journey with which the EU wants to leave behind the discrepancies that marked Donald Trump's time in the White House.
Biden's arrival at the White House triggered expectations in Brussels about the possibility of restoring relations and restoring multilateral order. However, it remains to be seen what concrete steps are taken to ease trade and digital tensions.