The European Union Chief, Ursula Von Der Leyen, on Wednesday, announced that the commission will donate another 200 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to low-income countries.
She made this known while speaking to the European Parliament in her annual State of the European Union address in Strasbourg.
The bloc’s chief said “I can announce today that the commission will add a new donation of another 200 million doses until the middle of next year.
“This is an investment in solidarity, and it is an investment also in global health.”
Von der Leyen said she recognised the vaccine disparity between economically advanced countries such as the United States and those in Europe, which have successfully vaccinated most of their people, and poorer nations struggling to get hold of supplies.
“With less than 1% of global doses administered in low income countries, the scale of injustice and the level of urgency is obvious,” she said.
The chief also lauded the EU for its vaccination roll-out, as more than 70 percent of its adult population have been fully inoculated.
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.