EC President: Some 300 million vaccines donated via COVAX

Ursula fon der Lajen
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The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday that the European Union was so far the biggest donor of COVID-19 vaccines in the world and that the member states shared more than 350 million doses for donation to countries around the world.

The large majority, around 300 million doses, have been shared via COVAX,” Von Leyen said in a press statement, adding that “COVAX is now transferring them to low and middle-income countries,” Von der Leyen said in a press release.

Von der Leyen also said that besides, “our EU member states have delivered over 45 million doses through bilateral donations – for instance to our neighbours in the Western Balkans.

Our aim is to ensure that 70percentof the world’s population is vaccinated by the middle of next year. Because we will only control this pandemic if we fight it in every corner of the world, she added.


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