Covid-19 has killed more than 4.9 million people worldwide, including more than 745,000 Americans. The Biden administration is working to vaccinate all Americans. So far, just over 57% of the total U.S. population has been vaccinated.
In Rome, the leaders of the world’s largest economies are expected to discuss, among other things, the pandemic, the problems in the global supply chain, the minimum global tax rate, high energy prices and the fight against the climate crisis.
Biden is expected to raise energy supply issues at the first G20 meeting on Saturday and support a global minimum tax, a senior administration official said. The White House believes a global minimum tax would end the global race to the bottom in terms of corporate tax rates, and is Biden’s top priority.
The president is also scheduled to meet with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday to discuss a path back to a Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA) aimed at controlling Iran. nuclear program in exchange for a waiver of sanctions, the White House said. Former President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Iranian nuclear deal in 2018, and Biden said the U.S. will rejoin him when Tehran returns to full compliance with the pact’s restrictions on nuclear development.
The summit takes place when Biden’s home agenda hangs in the balance at home. He had hoped to go on a trip with an agreement on his large economic package to expand the social safety net, but he still lacks legislative victory.