Dave Lawler
Jun 5, 2021 - World

7. Two big tests: Climate and vaccines

Illustration of the U.S. Capitol building with a syringe on top.

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Ahead of his first foreign trip this coming week, President Biden made a long-awaited announcement about how the U.S. will share its excess vaccines with the world.

  • The 80 million doses Biden has promised to donate before the end of this month are a fraction of the total U.S. supply — but nonetheless five times more than any other country has pledged, according to White House COVID coordinator Jeff Zients.

Why it matters: The pivot from vaccine hoarder to global supplier could be the most important foreign policy move Biden makes this year.

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