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G7 Leaders Agree on Vaccines, China and Taxing Corporations

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Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations staked their claim Sunday to leading the world out of the coronavirus pandemic and crisis, pledging more than 1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer nations, vowing to help developing countries grow while fighting climate change and backing a minimum tax on multinational firms. At the groups first facetoface meeting in two years, the leaders dangled promises of support for global health, green energy, infrastructure and education all to demonstrate that international cooperation is back after the upheavals caused by the pandemic and the unpredictability of former U.S. President Donald Trump.

During their threeday summit in southwest England, the G7 leaders wanted to convey that the club of wealthy democracies Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States is a better friend to poorer nations than authoritarian rivals such as China. U.S. President Joe Biden, who was making his first foreign trip as leader, said it was an extraordinary, collaborative and productive meeting that showed Americas back in the business of leading the world alongside nations who share our most deeply held values.

Despite Johnsons call to vaccinate the world by the end of 2022, the promise of 1 billion doses for vaccinehungry countries coming both directly and through donations to the international COVAX program falls far short of the 11 billion doses the World Health Organization said is needed to…

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