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Good morning, this is Irene. Today we’re covering the Biden administration’s announcement that it will buy a further 500 million Pfizer jabs to help vaccinate the world from Covid, raising the US’s commitment to 1.1 billion vaccine doses.

We’ll also be looking at the Taliban’s request to join the UN General Assembly and the chemical industry's widespread tactics to conceal the harmful effects of their substances.

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Irene Velicer


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President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual COVID-19 summit during the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, 22 September 2021. The US committed to sharing more of its vaccines as vaccine inequality continues to burden low-income countries. (Credit: Keystone/AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden raises US jab donation to over 1.1 billion and launches US-EU partnership. Biden announced that his administration will buy 500 million new made-in-America Pfizer doses to donate to 100 countries struggling to vaccinate. The new commitment comes in addition to the 600 million doses already promised. The US will continue with booster jabs, despite the WHO’s call that countries wait until 10 per cent of every country is vaccinated. The US and EU are also starting a new partnership.

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