Joe Biden to discuss pandemic, economy and China at G7 meeting this Friday

President Joe Biden will hold his first event with leaders from the Group of Seven nations in a virtual meeting. There will be discussions on the Coronavirus pandemic, the world economy and dealing with China as a group, the White House said on Sunday.

The White House said Biden would focus his remarks on a global response to COVID-19 vaccine production and also, distribution.

Biden, a Democrat who took over from Republican former President Donald Trump on January 20, has sought to project a message of re-engagement with the world and with global institutions. Trump withdrew the United States from the World Health Organization and the Paris climate accord and largely scoffed at multilateral organizations and groups.

Biden brought the United States back into the World Health Organisation and rejoined the Paris accord by signaling a desire to work with allies in confronting China on a host of thorny issues.

The White House said he would discuss his economic agenda with G7 counterparts and encourage them and all industrialized countries to maintain “economic support for the recovery” and other collective measures.

The meeting is the first by top leaders from the G7 group of rich democracies since April.

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