President Biden worked to reassure dubious allies that the United States is back and to rally like-minded democracies in what he repeatedly cast as an existential battle against the world’s autocracies.
President Biden’s first face-to-face meeting as president with a geopolitical adversary will give him a chance to show he is tougher on Putin than Trump was. But the president has limited tools to persuade Russia to change its behavior.
Even if a Senate-passed bill providing $52 billion in subsidies for the chip industry becomes law, the United States would still face stiff global competition to attract factories that make the cutting-edge technology.
The bloc’s leaders touted a pledge of 1 billion new doses. However, the WHO’s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that to vaccinate 70 percent of the world’s population by the next Group of Seven meeting, the world needs 11 billion doses.
While the move would mark another turning point in the transition out of the pandemic, it could also bring an end to provisions that have, for months, protected residents from some of the economic fallout of widespread lockdowns.
The incident, which was caught in viral videos, left four teenagers arrested, authorities said. But the videos left many critics questioning whether police needed to use such force over a vaping ordinance.