Biden doubles US global donation of COVID-19 vaccine shots

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President Joe Biden says the U.S. is doubling its purchase of Pfizer’s COVID-19 shots to share with the world.

At a virtual “vaccine summit” on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, Biden embraced a goal of vaccinating 70% of the global population within the next year.

Biden encouraged well-off nations to do more to get the coronavirus under control around the world.

World leaders, aid groups and global health organizations are growing increasingly vocal about the slow pace of global vaccinations and the inequity of access to shots between residents of wealthier and poorer nations.

The U.S. purchase of another 500 million shots brings the total U.S. vaccination commitment to more than 1.1 billion doses.

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