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Mon Apr 5, 2021, 04:33 PM

Biden taps Gayle Smith to serve as global Covid coordinator

Source: CNN

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-vaccine-updates-04-05-21/h_74c4e54d8dfb25d6a68ebde6d9fd362d

The Biden administration has tapped Gayle Smith, who helped lead the Obama administration’s Ebola response, to serve as the coordinator for Global Covid Response and Health Security, Secretary of State Tony Blinken announced in remarks Monday that failed to offer concrete details about US plans to share vaccines with international partners.

The top US diplomat said that the United States would not “trade shots in arms for political favors,” but did not offer specific details on the administration’s plans to share vaccines more broadly beyond its immediate neighbors.

“This is about saving lives,” Blinken said during his remarks. “We’ll treat our partner countries with respect.”

Blinken also outlined other “core values” he said would guide the State Department’s plans, in what appeared to be a swipe at Russia and China.

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