President Joe Biden has netted two diplomatic goals in the past few hours.
The leader whose decision in the Afghanistan Taliban drama has raised much resentment – pulling out US soldiers – announced to give 500 million COVID vaccines to developing nations while he has also apologiesd to France over the Autralia nuclear deal.
Biden made the vaccine pledge at a virtual Covid-19 summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, promising an “arsenal of vaccines”.
He was quoted as saying, “To beat the pandemic here, we need to beat it everywhere. For every one shot we’ve administered to date in America, we have now committed to do three shots to the rest of the world.”
The additional vaccines will see the total US commitment on vaccine sharing exceed one billion jabs.
The World Health Organisation has set a minimum target of 40% vaccine coverage in every country by the end of 2021.Health experts say some 11 billion doses are required to vaccinate at least 70% of the global population.
In the other news, France has agreed to resend its ambassador to the US back to Washington after US President Joe Biden spoke for the first time Wednesday, September 22 with French President Emmanuel Macron following the fallout over a deal to equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines.
In the call, Biden acknowledged missteps in how the United States approached the talks. Last week the US, UK and Australia announced it has agreed a deal to sell nuclear powered submarines to Australia which will help Australia in deterrence efforts against China in the Pacific .