EU to donate 200 million more vaccine doses to low-income countries

European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen

The European Union is to donate another 200 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to low-income countries, more than doubling its present pledge, the bloc’s chief said on Wednesday.

The extra doses announced by European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen come on top of 250 million shots the EU has already promised to give to other countries, particularly ones in Africa.

Von der Leyen told the European Parliament that the donation is “an investment in solidarity, and it is an investment also in global health”.

She said Europe had done more than any other region to get vaccine doses to other countries, noting that half of the 1.4 billion vaccines produced on its territory had been exported abroad.

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