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E.U. Promises 200 Million Vaccine Doses to Low-Income Nations
Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, pledged to donate 200 million extra doses of the coronavirus vaccine to middle- and low-income countries by mid-2022.
When I stood here in front of you 12 months ago, I did not know when or even if we could have a safe and effective vaccine against Covid-19. But today, against all critics, Europe is among the world leaders. More than 70 percent of our adult population is fully vaccinated. This is one of the great geopolitical issues in our time. Team Europe is investing $1 billion euro to ramp up mRNA production capacity with Africa. We have already committed to share 250 million doses of vaccine. 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.
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