By Deirdre Tynan • 22 July 2021 • 18:56
Ensuring access to safe and affordable Covid-19 vaccines around the world, and notably for low and middle-income countries, is a priority for the European Union.
Team Europe – the EU, its institutions and all 27 Member States – is on track to share 200 million doses of Covid -19 vaccines with low and middle income countries by the end of 2021.
President von der Leyen said, “Team Europe takes its responsibility in helping the world fight the virus, everywhere. Vaccination is key – that’s why it is essential to ensure access to Covid-19 vaccines to countries worldwide. We will be sharing more than 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines with low and middle-income countries by the end of this year.”
The more than 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines that have been committed by Team Europe will reach their destination countries, mainly through COVAX, by the end of this year.
COVAX has so far delivered 122 million doses to 136 countries.
In parallel, Team Europe has launched an initiative on manufacturing and access to vaccines, medicines and health technologies in Africa.
The initiative will help create the right conditions for local vaccine manufacturing in Africa, backed by €1 billion from the EU budget and the European development finance institutions such as the European Investment Bank.
On 9 July, Team Europe agreed to support large-scale investment in vaccine production by the Institut Pasteur in Dakar, alongside other support measures. The new manufacturing plant will reduce Africa’s 99 per cent dependence on vaccine imports and strengthen future pandemic resilience in the continent.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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