The European Union has pledged to donate another 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to low-income countries until the middle of next year to help address the persisting coronavirus pandemic on a global scale.
On Wednesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a tweet that the commission has decided to add a new donation of another 200 million doses on top of the 250 million doses that it has previously committed as it urgently prioritizes “to speed up global vaccination.”
In her annual State of the Union address, von der Leyen also noted that the EU is the only region in the world to have succeeded in vaccinating more than 70 percent of its adult residents, as well as the only one to share half of its vaccine production with the rest of the world.
“We delivered more than 700 million doses to the European people, and we delivered more than another 700 million doses to the rest of the world, to more than 130 countries,” von der Leyen said in her speech.
“With less than 1% of global doses administered in low-income countries, the scale of injustice and the level of urgency are obvious. This is one of the great geopolitical issues of our time.”
She also described the commission’s donation as “an investment in solidarity – but also in global health.”
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