Jun 11, 2021 - Health

G7 commits to sending 1 billion COVID vaccine doses to lower-income countries

US President Joe Biden (L) and France's President Emmanuel Macron speak after the family photo at the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021.

Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

The Group of 7 wealthy nations on Friday pledged to deliver more than 1 billion doses of the coronavirus vaccine to lower-income countries beginning this summer.

Why it matters: The G7 countries have been criticized for not sharing vaccines with nations that have fewer resources and are struggling to contain new waves of the pandemic.

The big picture: The G7 committed to delivering COVID-19 vaccines to other countries over the next 12 months, per a White House statement.

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