(Bloomberg) – President Joe Biden said on Sunday that the United States may be able to deliver an additional 1 billion doses of the coronavirus vaccine to the world by 2023, and again raised the possibility of the virus becoming or escaped from a Chinese laboratory.

By Josh Wingrove and Jennifer Jacobs
June 13, 2021, 5:00 PM – Updated on June 13, 2021, 5:35 PM
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“It is possible that by 2022, until 2023, we will be able to supply another billion United States, but it is not yet done,” he said on Sunday at a press conference in Cornwall, England after the conclusion of the Group of Seven summit.

At the meeting, the United States pledged to send 500 million doses to low-income countries by the end of next year, a move that comes as U.S. demand for vaccines declines as a most of the population is already vaccinated.

“There was a clear consensus among all of our G-7 colleagues that this was not the end,” he added, noting that the United States must also be prepared for other future pandemics.

“It’s not just the right thing to do with a – how can I put it? – moral point of view, but it’s also the right thing to do in terms of our own health, our own safety, you can’t build a wall high enough to prevent further strains, ”Biden said.

Biden too Noted that China has not granted access to its laboratories so that scientists can fully study the origins of the Covid-19 epidemic.

“I did not come to a conclusion, as our intelligence community is not yet certain whether or not this was a consequence, of the market, of a bat interfaced with animals in the environment that caused this Covid-19, or if it was an experience gone wrong, ”he said. “It’s important to know the answer to this.

Covid featured prominently throughout the G-7 meetings, which were hosted by Biden announcing a pledge to donate 500 million doses of Pfizer to low-income countries, from August through until 2022. The American contribution represents half of the billion doses G -7 nations pledged at the summit to provide to the rest of the world.

The US doses also come on top of Biden’s 80 million who previously said he would donate. Vaccine makers Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. have also started exporting directly from factories in the United States.

Biden’s announcement was a de facto response to growing criticism that the United States had not done enough to share doses with the world. Biden began doing so as the rate of shooting in the United States plummeted from a high of 3.4 million per day in mid-April to around 1.1 million now.

Biden has set himself a goal of giving at least one shot to 70% of American adults by July 4, although the slowing pace puts him at risk of missing his mark. Vaccine uptake varies considerably from state to state, with states in the northeast generally being much closer to Biden’s target than those in the deep south.

Yet the number of cases and deaths in the United States are drastically declining.

In contrast, the UK is likely to expand its current pandemic restrictions as cases, driven by the rapidly spreading delta variant, continue to rise from the spring lows.

(Updates with Biden’s quote in fifth paragraph)

–With help from Nancy Cook.

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