EU donates 200 million more doses of vaccine to poor countries

The EU will fund an additional 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine for low-income countries, bringing the total number of doses the bloc has pledged to donate to 450 million.

“Our first and most urgent priority is to accelerate global immunization. We have committed to sharing 250 million doses of vaccine. Today I can announce that the committee will add an additional 200 funding. million doses of the vaccine until the middle of next year,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France today.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France today.  Photo: AFP.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France today. Photo: AFP.

This batch of vaccines will be distributed to low-income countries, especially African countries. Von der Leyen said the vaccines were “an investment in solidarity and global health”.

She acknowledged that there are disparities in vaccination between developed countries such as the US and Europe and poorer countries. Rich countries have vaccinated most of the population, while poorer countries are struggling to source vaccines.

“With less than 1% of global vaccine doses administered in low-income countries, the level of injustice and urgency is stark,” she stressed.

Von der Leyen praised the EU’s implementation of vaccinations, with more than 70% of the bloc’s adult population fully vaccinated. She also said that Europe has done more than any other region to supply the world with vaccines, noting that half of the 1.4 billion doses produced in Europe have been exported abroad.

Huyen Le (Follow AFP, Reuters)

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