European Union President Ursula von der Leyen has announced that the EU has exported over one billion doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to the rest of the world.
She stated that the vaccines have been sent to over 150 nations, making the EU the largest exporter of vaccines in the world.
The EU has stated that its priority is to continue increasing Covid-19 vaccinations around the world.
Last month, the 27-member bloc made a commitment to send 200 million additional vaccine doses to Africa and other low-income nations.
This comes as many countries have begun the rollout of booster vaccines, which has been met with criticism as many developing countries continue to struggle with fully vaccinating their populations while developed countries use additional doses for their own population.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has consistently been opposed to booster vaccines, stating that they should be delivered to developing nations instead.
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