April 22, 2021

Coronavirus live news: EU demands 'fair share' of Covid jabs, US doubles vaccine target

Biden pledges 200m jabs in his first 100 days; Brazil records more than 100,000 new...

Biden pledges 200m jabs in his first 100 days; Brazil records more than 100,000 new daily cases; Mexico death toll passes 100,000

  • Biden pledges 200m vaccine shots in 100 days
  • EU leaders back ‘global value chains’ instead of vaccine export bans
  • UK diplomacy masks private fury in Covid vaccine row with EU
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1.15am GMT

In his first press conference as president, Joe Biden, announced he had doubled his administration’s vaccination goal to 200m shots during his first 100 days as president (up until 29 April).

“I know it’s ambitious, twice our original goal, but no other country in the world has even come close to what we are doing,” Biden said of his new goal.

12.56am GMT

The virtual EU summit has seen the leaders back “global value chains” rather than support Brussels in using new powers to block Covid jab exports to highly vaccinated countries, writes the Guardian’s correspondent in Brussels, Daniel Boffey.

The commission increased its scope on Wednesday for blocking exports to countries with a better record than the EU in vaccinating its population, or those that restrict exports through law or in their contracts with suppliers.

Related: EU leaders back ‘global value chains’ instead of vaccine export bans

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