EU to donate 100m vaccine doses to COVAX scheme

EU to donate 100m vaccine doses to COVAX scheme

The EU says it is planning to donate at least 100 million coronavirus vaccine doses to the global vaccine-sharing initiative COVAX by the end of the year.

EU Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Friday.

She announced the move at the Global Health Summit, a special online meeting of the G20 group of industrialised and emerging economies organised by the European Commission and Italy.

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The COVAX programme is a World Health Organisation backed effort to deliver coronavirus vaccines for the world’s neediest people, however, it has been beset by shortages of doses.

The coronavirus crisis had shown the importance of international cooperation in the fight against the pandemic, Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, said in his opening speech.

The EU and Italy, which currently hold the G20 presidency, are hosting the summit to enable participants to exchange experiences made during the pandemic.

The goal of the online meeting is to agree on the Rome Declaration, a paper setting guidelines for preventing future health crises and ensuring better preparation for such cases.

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