Von der Leyen: EU will donate 200M more coronavirus vaccines
Deliveries will be made by the middle of 2022, the commission president said in her State of the European Union speech.
The European Union will donate 200 million more COVID-19 vaccines to the world, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said during her annual State of the European Union speech.
Von der Leyen said that deliveries would be made by the middle of 2022 and that they would come on top of the 250 million vaccine doses already committed for donation.
“Our first and most urgent priority is to speed up global vaccination,” she said in her speech. She called the discrepancy in vaccination between the developed and developing world “one of the great geopolitical issues.”
Brussels has come under fire for only having shipped a small percentage of the total doses it has committed so far.This article is part of POLITICO’s premium policy service: Pro Health Care. From drug pricing, EMA, vaccines, pharma and more, our specialized journalists keep you on top of the topics driving the health care policy agenda. Email email@example.com for a complimentary trial.