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. On Thursday, Mr. Biden announced the $3.5 billion U.S. donation of Pfizer doses.
The message from the president is that the world's biggest democracies are working together, and democracy is still the most effective form of government.
The first day of the G7 summit comes after what Mr. Biden described as a "very productive" meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday. "Everybody's absolutely thrilled to see you," Johnson said when he met with Mr. Biden Thursday, and he referred to the president as a "breath of fresh air."