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G7 leaders pose for the family photo at the start of the G7 summit. (Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP via Getty Images)

The three-day G7 summit in the seaside village of Carbis Bay, England, kicked off on Friday, with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcoming his counterparts from the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the European Union.

Driving the news: The leaders of the world's wealthiest democracies, as well as the presidents of the European Union, announced a pledge to provide the world with 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses.

  • In addition to plans for global efforts to combat COVID-19, the first in-person gathering of G7 leaders since the pandemic began is anticipated to bring discussions about climate change and confronting Russia and China, among other topics.
  • This weekend's summit marks President Biden's first trip abroad since taking office.

What they're saying: "It is vital we don't repeat the mistakes of the last great crisis, the last great economic recession in 2008, when the recovery was not uniform across all parts of society," Johnson said in a brief press availability before the leaders began their private meeting.

  • "What's gone wrong with this pandemic, or what risks to be a lasting scar, is that I think the inequalities may be entrenched," he continued.
  • "And we need to make sure that as we recover, we level up across our societies and we build back better. And I actually think that we have a huge opportunity to do that because as G7, we are united in our vision for a cleaner, greener world."
In photos
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, France's President Emmanuel Macron, European Council President Charles Michel, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi dining together ahead of the G7 summit. Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images
President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive for the G7 summit. Photo: Phil Noble/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
Justin Trudeau walking to greet Boris Johnson. Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images
Johnson greets France's President Emmanuel Macron Photo: Phil Noble/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
G7 leaders pose for the "family photo." Photo: Phil Noble/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
Biden with Macron. Photo: Phil Noble/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
First lady Jill Biden visits Connor Downs Academy with Kate Middleton, the duchess of Cambridge. Aaron Chown/WPA Pool/Getty Images
Extinction Rebellion climate protestors take part in the "Sound The Alarm" march outside the summit. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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Biden and Johnson sign renewed Atlantic Charter outlining modern threats

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (2R) and his wife Carrie Johnson (R) walk with President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden outside Carbis Bay Hotel. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a bilateral meeting ahead of the G-7 summit in Cornwall, England, marking the first time Biden has met in-person with a leader he once called a "physical and emotional clone" of former President Trump.

Driving the news: The two leaders signed a revitalized Atlantic Charter, modeled after the joint statement made by Prime Minister Winston Churchill and former President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941 to set out their goals for the world post-World War II.

Jun 10, 2021 - World

What to expect from Biden's trip to Europe

Just two pals hanging out in Cornwall. Photo: Andrew Parsons/10 Downing St. via Getty

President Biden arrived in Europe for his first foreign trip bearing what could be a game-changing pledge: 500 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to be shared with low- and middle-income countries over the next year.

The state of play: The remaining G7 members — Canada, the EU, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and this year’s hosts, the U.K. — are set to pledge at least another 500 million to bring the total to 1 billion by mid-2021, per a draft communique seen by Bloomberg.

Biden's European optimism collides with reality

President Biden departs for the United Kingdom. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

As President Biden departed Washington, he told reporters he was going to use his first foreign trip to make "clear to Putin and to China that Europe and the United States are tight and the G7 is gonna move."

Why it matters: The problem is his statements regarding the allies' shared objectives are not supported by the statements and actions of the allies themselves.