Biden to Push Global Plan to Battle Covid as National Gaps Widen

New York Times

By Lara Jakes and Sheryl Gay Stolberg
The Serum Institute of India reneged on exporting hundred of millions of Covid vaccine doses designated for poor countries in order to focus on domestic distribution. Credit...Mahesh Kumar A/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Already grappling with divisions in his own country over vaccine mandates and questions about the ethics and efficacy of booster shots, President Biden is facing another front of discord: a split among world leaders over how to eradicate the coronavirus globally, as the highly infectious Delta variant leaves a trail of death in its wake.

At a virtual summit on Wednesday, while the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting is underway, Mr. Biden will try to persuade other vaccine-producing countries to balance their domestic needs with a renewed focus on manufacturing and distributing doses to poor nations in desperate need of them.

Covax, the United Nations-backed vaccine program, is so far behind schedule that not even 10 percent of the population in poor nations is fully vaccinated, experts said.

Publish : 2021-09-20 16:37:00

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