Thirty UNICEF ambassadors ask the G7 to donate COVID-19 vaccines

Many UNICEF ambassadors call on the G7 to help poor countries in the battle against COVID-19. Biden will be at the G7 to regain leadershi...

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  • Many UNICEF ambassadors call on the G7 to help poor countries in the battle against COVID-19.
  • Biden will be at the G7 to regain leadership and US relations.
  • The influencers and Biden have a chat in order to provide information that reassures the young population.

New York, Jun 8 (EFE News).- Some thirty UNICEF goodwill ambassadors, including pilot Fernando Alonso, former soccer player David Beckam or singer Billie Eilish, asked the leaders of the G7 countries to donate COVID-19 vaccines to the poorest countries. “The world has been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic for a year and a half, but the virus is still spreading in many countries and producing new variants that could make us all return to the starting point”, says a letter signed by 28 personalities from different artistic and sports disciplines.

For the UNICEF ambassadors “this means more school closings, more interruptions in medical care and greater economic consequences, which threatens the future of families and children everywhere.” The signatories are Ramla Ali, Fernando Alonso, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, José Manuel Calderón, Sofia Carson, Gemma Chan, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Olivia Colman, Billie Eilish, Pau Gasol, Whoopi Goldberg, David Harewood, Chris Hoy, Angelique Kidjo, Téa Leoni, Lucy Liu and Juan Manuel López Iturriaga.

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Thirty UNICEF ambassadors ask the G7 to donate covid vaccines

Also signed were Ewan McGregor, Alyssa Milano, Andy Murray, Liam Neeson, Liam Payne, Katy Perry, Sergio Ramos, Claudia Schiffer, Teresa Viejo and Pink. All of them urge the heads of state of the G7 countries, who will meet between June 11 and 13 in Cornwall (United Kingdom), to guarantee a “fair and equitable supply” of vaccines to income countries low and medium. The G7 meeting will bring together the leaders of the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan, and will facilitate bilateral meetings such as the one scheduled between French President Emmanuel Macron and his American counterpart, Joe Biden.

“The pandemic will not end anywhere until it has ended everywhere, and that means getting vaccines to all countries, as quickly and equitably as possible. This weekend’s G7 Summit is a vital opportunity for you to agree on actions that will take vaccines where they are most needed and quickly, ”the document reads. Unicef ​​estimates that the G7 countries will soon have enough doses to donate 20% of their vaccines between June and August, which would represent a total of 150 million doses, without this translating into a “significant delay” in their plans for vaccination. vaccination of its adult population. “We ask that you make these urgent donations before August and establish a roadmap to increase donations as supplies increase,” underscore the signatories, who conclude the note with a shout: “DONATE 20% OF VACCINES AVAILABLE. PROTECT US ALL. DONATE DOSE NOW ”. EFE News

Biden travels to Europe to regain US leadership and alliances


Washington, Jun 6 (EFE) .- US President Joe Biden begins his first international trip to Europe next week with the aim of recovering the transatlantic alliance after the tensions generated by his predecessor, Donald trump, and with the initial success of the agreement in the G7 of a global minimum corporate tax.

On his first trip outside the US since taking office in January, he will go to Cornwall (UK), Brussels (Belgium) and Geneva (Switzerland) from June 9-17. Biden, in an article published in the Washington Post this Saturday, stressed that his European tour seeks to highlight in “a moment of global uncertainty” the “renewed commitment of the US to our allies and partners” and “demonstrate the capacity of democracies both to to face the challenges as to stop the threats of this new era ”.



Washington must “lead the world from a position of strength,” he wrote, “whether to end the pandemic around the world, meet the demands of an accelerating climate crisis, or confront the damaging activities of Russia or China.” In the United Kingdom, Biden will participate in the G7 presidential summit from June 11 to 13, just a week after the successful agreement for a global minimum tax on multinationals of at least 15%, a proposal led precisely by the United States.

The group is made up of the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada, Italy and Japan. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen called the pact a “relevant and unprecedented commitment” that will “end the race for cuts” in corporate taxes, and ensure “fair” treatment for the middle class and workers in the US and around the world.



The next stop on his journey will be Brussels, where he will attend the NATO summit on June 14 to “reaffirm the United States’ commitment” to the Atlantic Alliance. And, the day after, it will do so at the meeting between the US and the European Union (EU) focused on “the security of the global health system, the stimulation of global economic recovery and the fight against climate change,” according to a statement. of the White House.

Relations between the US and the EU experienced one of the most complicated times during the Trump presidency (2017-2021), who charged hard and repeatedly against European partners, on whom he imposed trade tariffs that are still in force. During their meetings in Brussels, Biden will seek to heal wounds and regain trust on both sides of the Atlantic.


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Finally, Biden will end his trip in Geneva with the most complicated date, the one he will keep on the 16th with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. This is the first meeting between the two since Biden came to power and aims to lower the temperature in a relationship marked by disagreements over Ukraine’s sovereignty and the wave of cyberattacks allegedly launched from Russia.

In this sense, the White House announced that Biden will ask Putin to act to “stop and prevent” cyberattacks designed by criminal groups based in Russia against the US “When you have criminal entities in a country, you certainly have a responsibility. It is not something acceptable, and we are going to emphasize it, ”said Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the White House, on the role of Moscow. In recent weeks, the United States has been the target of several ransomware attacks, including the one launched by the criminal organization DarkSide against Colonial Pipeline, the largest network of oil pipelines, and which affected the supply of fuel on the east coast of the country for several days. EFE

Biden uses “influencers” to encourage vaccination among young people

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Washington, May 24 (EFE News) .- US President Joe Biden appealed to several social media “influencers” on Monday to encourage vaccination against covid among the young population. Biden and the principal epidemiologist of the US Government, Anthony Fauci, responded to several questions from three “influencers” -Manny Mua, Brave Wilderness and Jackie Aina- in a talk broadcast by the official YouTube account of the White House

These influential figures, who have millions of followers Mostly young people, they asked about rumors of possible side effects in children and adolescents, the hypothetical creation of a “vaccine passport” and about how the world will change once the population is vaccinated, among other questions.

He assured young people that there is scientific support

President Biden gives important information

In one of his responses, Biden insisted on the importance of the young population being vaccinated against COVID “to protect themselves and their older relatives” and assured that behind vaccines there is scientific support. “If you’ve been vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask; if you haven’t been, yes. So clear, “added Biden in one of his responses. Since the vaccination was approved for adolescents between 12 and 15 years old, there have been 600,000 vaccinations and in total 4.1 million between 12 and 17 years have been immunized against COVID. The White House spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, assured this Monday at a press conference that Biden’s talk with the “influencers” on YouTube is part of a strategy so that young people “understand the benefits of being vaccinated” against covid a through people they admire.

In total, some 163.9 million people (49.4% of the population of all age ranges) have received at least one dose, of which 130.6 million (39.3%) are already fully immunized , according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the CDC, if only the adult population is taken into account, that is, those over 18 years of age, the proportion of those vaccinated is much higher, with 61.5% of adults receiving at least one dose. Biden wants 70% of the adult population to have received at least one dose before the holiday of July 4, when the United States celebrates its Independence Day. EFE News

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