Biden Will Pledge $4B For Global Vaccine As Americans Still Await Promised Stimulus Checks
President Joe Biden is pushing forward with its commitment for ‘multilateralism’ telling a virtual G7 meeting that under his direction, the US will donate around $4 billion to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) for its coronavirus distribution program — a commitment of $2 billion initially and a later donation.
Speaking to world leaders from the UK, France, Japan, Canada, Italy and Germany, the US President related that the focus of his administration would be the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing it’s economic fallout worldwide, as well as issues on climate change.
“Now he will get the opportunity as president of the United States early in his term to declare that America is back and the transatlantic alliance is back, and he will look forward to driving home the core proposition that the transatlantic alliance is a cornerstone for American engagement in the world in the 21st century, just as it was in the 20th,” an official from the Biden administration said according to reports.
“At the G7, the President is eager to reinforce his commitment to returning the United States to multilateral engagement,” the official added.
US to officially rejoin Paris Climate Accord
The country is also expected to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement after former president Donald Trump earlier dropped saying it is“ all cost but no benefit” for the United States. The former President estimated that the “onerous energy restrictions” of the agreement would cost the US as much as 2.7 million jobs by 2025.
During the G7 meeting, Biden also spoke of going back to the negotiating table with Iran, and improving US-China trade. The spokesperson said he is “not looking for a new Cold War, but he’s expecting stiff competition and he welcomes it.”
President Biden took action on his first day in office to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. Today, it officially goes into effect. pic.twitter.com/OXR9HpuGZq
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 19, 2021
The official said Biden believes the US and other democracies “should all work together to push back against the Chinese government.”
Meanwhile, as Biden announced donations to the WHO and other countries, Americans are still waiting for the next stimulus package that the Biden administration promised during the Georgia senate runoff.
From the promised $2,000 for every qualified American, the Democratic president also slashed the amount to $1,400 per person as part of Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package — which Democrats are eyeing to ‘finalized’ by Mid-March.
McCarthy slams Biden: “Americans first”
Earlier, Biden also offered $4 billion to countries in Central America to support “development” efforts there as millions of Americans are still waiting on coronavirus relief from the government.
House GOP leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy slammed Biden earlier saying Democrats should focus on helping Americans first.
“The coronavirus and government-imposed lockdowns have left millions of Americans unemployed and small businesses shut down. Our immediate national priority must be to help Americans get back to work,” he said.
As of February, the official number of unemployed Americans is 10.1 million, according to the Labor Department.
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