With the “America First” president heading for the exit, Europe hopes to build a new transatlantic partnership with his successor, President-elect Joe Biden—and it would like to start with vaccines.
On Wednesday, the European Commission publicly set out its wish list for the future EU-U.S. relationship. At the top of the list: an invitation for the Biden-era U.S. to join the Covax initiative, a global pact for the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. After China joined a couple months back, the U.S. became the only major holdout.
Also on the list: a “transatlantic green trade agenda” and a “green tech alliance”, regulatory cooperation on labor rights and tech, finance and tax reform, plus a joint effort to reform the World Trade Organization.
“We are taking the initiative to design a new transatlantic agenda fit for today’s global landscape,” said European