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The European Union is to donate one other 200 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to low-income international locations, greater than doubling its current pledge, the bloc’s chief mentioned on Wednesday.
The further doses introduced by European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen come on prime of 250 million photographs the EU has already promised to present to different international locations, notably ones in Africa.
“I can announce today that the commission will add a new donation of another 200 million doses until the middle of next year,” she informed the European Parliament in her annual State of the European Union handle.
Von der Leyen informed the Strasbourg meeting the donation is “an investment in solidarity, and it is an investment also in global health”.
She recognised the disparity that has emerged between economically superior international locations such because the United States and people in Europe, which have pushed forward in vaccinating nearly all of their populations in opposition to the coronavirus, and poorer nations which can be struggling to pay money for provides.
“With less than one percent of global doses administered in low-income countries, the scale of injustice and the level of urgency is obvious,” she mentioned.
Von der Leyen hailed the Europe Union’s vaccination roll-out, which has seen greater than 70 p.c of its grownup inhabitants absolutely inoculated.
She mentioned Europe had achieved greater than another area to get vaccine doses to different international locations, noting that half of the 1.4 billion vaccines produced on its territory had been exported overseas.