Von der Leyen regrets that the EU is still unable to offer surplus vaccines to disadvantaged countries

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has regretted that the European Union is currently unable to donate vaccines to the most deprived countries, as Member States are struggling to get their own doses.

“The member states already have enough pressure on themselves to get the doses they need themselves,” Von der Leyen told the Funke communications group.

However, the President of the European Commission wanted to highlight the EU’s financial support for the COVAX initiative, an effort by the World Health Organization to give the poorest countries access to vaccines.

Von der Leyen regrets that the EU is still unable to offer surplus vaccines to disadvantaged countries
Von der Leyen regrets that the EU is still unable to offer surplus vaccines to disadvantaged countries

“The EU has invested 2,200 million euros in this initiative. COVAX has already delivered 30 million doses of vaccine to 52 countries,” he said.

According to von der Leyen, the mechanism that enables the bloc to share the vaccine directly with other countries will only begin “when we have a better production situation in the EU”.

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