Bainimarama welcomes President Biden’s pledge of half a billion doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX Facility

Bainimarama welcomes President Biden’s pledge of half a billion doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX Facility

By Vijay Narayan
Friday 06/08/2021
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama .

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has welcomed US President Joe Biden’s pledge of half a billion doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX Facility.

President Biden made the pledge today while addressing the Pacific Islands Leaders Forum.

He says the provision of the Pfizer doses come with no strings or conditions attached.

Bainimarama says this global pandemic only ends one way - By vaccinating as many people as possible around the world as quickly as can be done.

He says much of the Global South is well behind developing nations in terms of protecting their populations and the United States has a vital role to play in ensuring all people have the opportunity to be protected against the virus through vaccines. The Prime Minister has also extended an invitation to President Biden to visit Fiji. He says he hopes President Biden can visit us in Fiji, where he will see the struggle and the solutions at the front line of the climate crisis. The 51st Forum meetings will continue in the coming months with the Forum Chair leading virtual dialogues with civil society, the private sector, Forum dialogue partners and other regional organisations.

A plenary will be held with associate members and Forum observers.

A Special Leaders Retreat is planned on the margins of COP 26, and an in-person Leaders Retreat is planned for Fiji in January 2022. Founded in 1971, the Pacific Islands Forum is the region’s premier political and economic policy organisation and it comprises of 18 members: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

History created as President Biden becomes the first US President to address the Pacific Islands Forum hosted by Fiji

US is committed to dramatically reducing it’s emissions by 2030
By Vijay Narayan
Friday 06/08/2021
US President Joe Biden.

US President Joe Biden has told the Pacific Islands Leaders Forum that there is no more immediate threat to all of us than COVID-19.

At the invitation of the Pacific Islands Forum Chair, Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, President Biden has addressed the meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum this morning and pledged America’s support to the Pacific in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic and raising global ambition to tackle the climate crisis.

He says this pandemic has taken a heavy toll and the lives lost can never ever be replaced.

President Biden also says the economic impacts are going to require all of us to work together to drive an inclusive and sustained recovery. He thanked Bainimarama for the invitation and for Fiji’s leadership of the Forum through a time of significant challenge to the region and to the world.

President Biden also says the Pacific Island nations know better than anyone that averting the worst effects of climate change is going to save lives.

He says the United States is committed to dramatically reducing it’s emissions by 2030 and building resilience in vulnerable communities globally.

Prime Minister Bainimarama thanked President Biden for making history as the first US President to join them at the Forum, and for bringing America forcefully back to the right side of climate history.

Bainimarama says Fiji and the USA's net-zero commitments by 2050 must become the entire world's - zero excuses.

He says together as a united Pacific we look to securing a historic outcome in Glasgow at COP26 which brings the 1.5 degree Celsius target within reach.

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