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EU to donate 200 million vaccine doses to developing countries – von der Leyen

The European Union (EU) is to donate a further 200 million vaccine doses to low-income countries, Ursula von der Leyen has said.

Speaking to the European Parliament, von der Leyen said: “I can announce today that the [European] Commission will add a new donation of another 200 million doses until the middle of next year.”

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“This is an investment in solidarity, and it is an investment also in global health.” 

She spoke about the level of vaccine disparity between developed countries and developing countries.

“With less than 1% of global doses administered in low income countries, the scale of injustice and the level of urgency is obvious.”

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von der Leyen went on to praise the EU’s vaccine strategy, which now sees 70% of adults in the bloc fully vaccinated.

In Ireland, over 90% of adults are fully vaccinated.

IMAGE – “Ursula von der Leyen” by EU2017EE is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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