October 18 (NWN) – On Monday, the European Union announced that it has distributed over a billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine to more than 150 countries.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said more than 1 billion doses have been dispensed in the past 10 months. 87 million people went to low- and middle-income countries through the COVAX program, she said.
“It is clear that the European Union is the largest exporter of COVID-19 vaccines,” von der Leyen said in a statement. “We’ve always shared our vaccines honestly with the rest of the world. We exported as much as we delivered to EU citizens. Indeed, at least every second vaccine produced in Europe is exported. “
Von der Leyen said 75% of adults in the EU are fully vaccinated and that exporting vaccines to other countries will remain a priority.
“We knew we would only defeat COVID-19 if we fight it everywhere,” she added. “We will do more.
“Together with [U.S.] The president [Joe] Biden, we are aiming for a global vaccination rate of 70% by next year. The EU-US Global Pandemic Agenda will help us do just that. The European Union is doing its part. ”
Biden said last month that the United States will increase its commitments by 500 million, bringing the total US commitments to over 1.1 billion.
“Other countries also need to step up their efforts,” added von der Leyen. “I work closely with [Italian] Prime Minister [Mario] Draghi and President Biden will rally the G20 leaders at a summit in Rome next week to achieve this ambitious goal: to defeat the global pandemic. “