NEW DELHI: US President Joe Biden said that America knows first-hand the tragedy inflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic and stressed on the importance of vaccination, which he is said is the key to reopening.
His remarks came after his talks with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Biden is on his first foreign tour since assuming the Oval Office.
Here are the key points of his address:
* Our values call on us to do everything we can to vaccinate the world against Covid.
* America will be the arsenal of vaccines.
* US will purchase half a billion vaccine doses for lower income countries.
* The United States is providing these half billion doses, with no strings attached. No strings attached. Our vaccine donations don't include pressure for favours, or potential concessions. We're doing this to save lives.
* The vaccines will start to be shipped in August, as quickly as they roll off the manufacturing line.
* We are going to lead the world out of this pandemic by working with our global partners.
* As long as the virus rages there is a risk of mutations.
* We will get jabs in arms until the world has beaten this virus.
* We have a responsibility to all people, to offer a helping hand in time of trouble.
* Discussed broad range of issues with PM Johnson. We discussed the goal to address climate crisis.