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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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Jun 10, 2021 - Health

2021 already has a higher global coronavirus death toll than 2020

Cemetery workers in protective suits carry the coffin of a COVID-19 victim at a cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

This year's global coronavirus death toll has already surpassed that of 2020's, with poor and developing countries accounting for a significant rise in coronavirus deaths in 2021, according to a Wall Street analysis of Johns Hopkins data.

Why it matters: While Americans are returning to activities they haven't done since before the pandemic, the reality is very different in many other parts of the world.

Jun 10, 2021 - World

Biden admin to ship millions of COVID vaccines around the world from August

President Biden arriving at Cornwall Airport Newquay in Cornwall, England, on Thurday. Photo: Phil Noble/WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Biden administration will ship the first batch of 500 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to 92 countries and the African Union from August, the White House announced Thursday morning.

Details: "200 million doses will be delivered by the end of this year and the remaining 300 million will be delivered in the first half of 2022," the White House said in a statement.