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Biden Gets U.S. Into Vaccine Diplomacy Race as Stockpiles Rise

May 5, 2021, 4:01 AM

Through the early months of global vaccinations against Covid-19, the U.S. hoarded shots while China, Russia and others distributed doses to desperate nations throughout the world.

That’s starting to change.

Vaccine shipments from the U.S. have begun, as domestic supply increasingly outweighs demand. That’s allowed President Joe Biden to pivot to the role of vaccine statesman after months of refusing to do what Europe, India, China and Russia have done: export a portion of their vaccines before domestic demand was fully met.

Biden vowed Tuesday that the U.S. will be an “arsenal for fighting Covid-19” globally, including by giving away...

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