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“U.S. is back,” says Pres. Biden

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN and Air Force One. Biden is in England at the start of an eight-day tour of Europe. New reports say that the president will soon announce a plan to provide 500 million doses of vaccine to other nations (White House photo).

 

President Joe Biden declared Wednesday that “the United States is back” at the beginning of a trip to Europe, seeking to mend fences with European nations upset over some policies of the previous administration.

According to the Associated Press, Biden began his eight-day trip in Mildenhall, England with assurances that the U.S. would be a willing ally.

“We’re going to make it clear that the United States is back and democracies are standing together to tackle the toughest challenges and issues that matter the most to our future,” he said, adding “that we’re committed to leading with strength, defending our values, and delivering for our people.”

One of those challenges is the coronavirus pandemic. According to The New York Times, the U.S. will be providing 500 million doses of vaccine to about 100 countries over the next year.

The U.S. will pay for the doses at a “not for profit” price from Pfizer and BioNTech. They will be produced in the United States. The World Health Organization estimates that 11 billion doses are needed to vaccine the rest of the world’s population.

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