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Photo: Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The Group of Seven nations will provide more than a billion coronavirus vaccine doses to aid global vaccination efforts over the next year, the leaders announced on the final day of the summit.

Why it matters: The G7 nations have been criticized for not sharing their vaccines, particularly with countries that have struggled to contain new waves of the virus.

  • According to the Associated Press, nearly half of the combined population of the G7 countries have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while the worldwide percentage is less than 13%.

Sunday's announcement also includes plans to create frameworks to strengthen "collective defenses to threats to global health."

  • The G7 intends to coordinate global manufacturing capacity, improve early warning systems and support science in missions to shorten the cycle of creating safe vaccines, treatments and tests from 300 to 100 days.

What they're saying: “This is a moral imperative, but it is a necessity for the economic recovery to stick, because we can’t have the world split into two tracks without negative consequences,” said Kristalina Georgieva, the IMF's managing director, per AP.

  • Georgieva said vaccine donations are a good step; however, more needs to be done to deliver said vaccines into arms.
  • “The war is not yet won,” she added.

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Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

  1. Health: The end of the Omicron wave is in sight — Transplants rebound from COVID lull — Omicron hits American hospitals disproportionately hard
  2. Vaccines: WHO: No evidence that healthy children, teens need boosters — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America — Starbucks drops worker vaccine or test requirement after SCOTUS ruling
  3. Politics: Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it "will not be intimidated" by Biden on anti-mask school policies— Government website for free COVID tests launches early
  4. World: WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older
  5. Variant tracker
Sep 20, 2021 - Health

Biden administration to lift travel ban for fully vaccinated international travelers

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White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients announced on Monday that the Biden administration will allow fully vaccinated travelers from around the world to enter the U.S. beginning in November.

Why it matters: The announcement comes as President Biden seeks commitments from countries to donate vaccines to the global COVAX initiative. He is expected to host a COVID summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this week, and many of the countries attending have expressed frustration with the travel ban.

Sep 21, 2021 - Health

Biden to get booster shot on camera

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President Biden will receive his COVID booster shot on camera once it's fully approved for Americans ages 65 and older, the White House said Monday.

Why it matters: A federal advisory panel unanimously voted last week to recommend that the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) authorize a third dose of Pfizer's vaccine for people over the age of 65 and those at higher risk of infection.