LONDRA-WASHINGTON Joe Biden has arrived in Cornwall for the British-led G7. He was preceded by this statement, while he was already on the lineup of Air Force One: «The goal of the trip? Strengthen the alliance and send a message to Russia and China: the link between the United States and Europe is very close and the G7 will begin to act ”.
Biden also revealed to reporters “that he has a plan for address the global pandemicHe added, “I will soon explain it publicly.” According to the rumors published by the New York Times, today the White House leader will reveal that he has entered into an agreement with Pfizer for the supply of 500 million doses to be distributed to over 100 countries around the world. The US government would have to pay a reduced price. The operation will take place in two phases: 200 million vials delivered in 2021; 300 million by 2022. Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, will attend the ceremony designed for the announcement.
The Last May 5 Biden supported the proposal to suspend the protection of intellectual rights on vaccinesfor the duration of the infection. A move that had displaced and divided the European countries. The US president, therefore, also following the advice of virologist Anthony Fauci, would have in the meantime taken another, more pragmatic path. Moreover the White House she had already pledged to distribute 80 million doses by June. The initial project was also to draw on the 60 million Astrazeneca packages, stored in the factories awaiting the green light from the Food and Drug Administration. Too long times, obviously.
For Americans, the fight against Covid-19 can be part of the broader containment strategy towards China. When Biden says he wants to “strengthen the alliance,” he means that a background clarification is needed among the allies. It will be the most complicated step of the entire mission. There is still no official agenda, but according to rumors the US president will face face to face with Angela Merkel, Mario Draghi and perhaps even Macron. He will ask everyone to dispel the areas of shadow and ambiguity, according to American criteria, which still exist in the political, economic and commercial relations between Europeans and Beijing.
The G7 will have an important prologue. Today Biden meets the landlord, Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The two will present one “Atlantic Charter” modeled on the one signed in 1941 by Churchill and Roosevelt. A formal pact between London and Washington that will apply to defense as well as to the fight against climate change and post-pandemic reconstruction: an eight-point commitment based on the defense of democracy and the reaffirmation of collective security.
The original Atlantic Charter laid the foundations of the international order following the world war and paved the way for the birth of the UN and NATO: today’s one will take into account the new challenges, from cyber attacks to the protection of the environment and biodiversity. And in this frame Britain and the United States will also work on a bilateral treaty on new technologies which will open up to strategic cooperation on artificial intelligence. It is the reaffirmation of the special relationship, that special relationship that seemed questioned by Biden, who had called Johnson “a physical and emotional clone” of Trump. But in reality, beyond personal likes and dislikes, the harmony between the American democratic administration and the British conservative government is very strong and ranges from Russia to China, from Iran to the climate: and it is no coincidence that Johnson was the first European leader to receive a call from Biden after taking office.
The point of friction is, if anything, Northern Ireland: Biden will call both British and Europeans to compromise to prevent the consequences of Brexit from jeopardizing peace in the troubled province. Finally the Russia chapter. Biden will meet Putin in Geneva on Wednesday 16 June. It is the first summit and therefore, in itself, a fundamental appointment. The US plan is to “stabilize” the relationship with Moscow, collaborating on nuclear weapons, climate, pandemic. Provided, of course, that the Kremlin calls the hackers to order, accepting a “cyber ceasefire”. To the European interlocutors, on the other hand, Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken will explain that the threat number one is China, not Russia. Another notation to keep an eye on: the NATO secretary, Jens Stoltenberg says he is concerned about a possible alliance between Xi Jinping and Puti. But the US State Department disagrees. One of Blinken’s closest associates tells al Courier service informally: “It’s an exaggerated scenario, the two countries have too many conflicting interests, just look at what happens along the border that separates them.”
June 9, 2021 (change June 9, 2021 | 22:39)
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