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EU to donate another 200 million Covid-19 shots

  • Published at 03:32 pm September 15th, 2021
EU to donate another 200M Covid-19 vaccine doses
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech during a debate on "The State of the European Union"at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, September 15, 2021 Reuters

The European Union will donate 200 million doses to low-income countries by the middle of next year

The European Union will donate a further 200 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to poorer countries and close gaps in its own vaccination coverage, the EU executive chief said on Wednesday.

Ursula von der Leyen told the European Parliament in a speech in Strasbourg that the EU's first pandemic priority was to speed up global vaccination, given less than 1% of doses globally administered had been in low-income countries.

The European Commission, she said: “will donate 200 million doses to low-income countries by the middle of next year, on top of 250 million doses already pledged.”

The Commission president also said she saw "worrisome divergences" between the rates of vaccination in EU member states, adding that the bloc had secured 1.8 billion further vaccine doses to cover more initial and booster shots.


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She said: "Let's do everything possible to ensure that this does not turn into a pandemic of the unvaccinated."

Von der Leyen said the European Union was setting up a health emergency response authority, designed to improve the bloc's response to cross-border health threats.

She proposed on Wednesday that the EU invest 50 billion euros ($59.1 billion) by 2027 to improve its preparedness and resilience to future health threats.

She said: "To make sure that no virus will ever turn a local epidemic into a global pandemic. There is no better return on investment than that."

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