Ursula von der Leyen, president of European Commission (EC), announced that the bloc had shipped more than a billion vaccines worldwide since December 2020’s global rollout.
Delivering a statement on Monday, von der Leyen outlined the scale of the EU’s Covid vaccine distribution scheme. So far, it has shipped more than 150 doses.
Delivering important milestones #COVID19 vaccines to the world.The EU has exported over 1 billion doses over the past 10 months.Vaccines made in ???????? have been shipped to over 150 countries.We are the largest exporter of #COVID19 vaccines. https://t.co/E3wddMrPWo
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) October 18, 2021
“Very clearly, the European Union is the largest exporter of Covid-19 vaccines,” she stated, marking the bloc’s “important milestone” of having delivered “over one billion”The doses taken within the last 10 month.
Since December 2020 the EU has been sending Covid vaccines to all corners of the globe. It is primarily distributing the vaccines to large nations but it also reaches smaller, less developed countries that could be at risk.
This milestone was achieved despite EU having established a system that monitors and possibly limits the export of vaccines. The deadline for the initial September implementation has now been extended to 2021.
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Von der Leyen’s statement was made ahead of next week’s G20 summit meeting in Rome, at which she hopes to encourage attendees to support efforts “to beat the pandemic”By joining the bloc to distribute Covid vaccine doses in countries who need it,
According to the EC the EU sends abroad at most every second dose it produces. The bloc also agreed last month to continue sending 200 million more doses to Africa, and low-income nations. The initiative is designed to bolster global inoculation rates, with data showing less than 50% of the world’s population has received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine.
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