Straburg The European Union wants to donate 200 million more corona vaccination doses for poorer countries. That is what EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced today in her second State of the Union address in Straburg. Von der Leyen spoke of an investment in solidarity and an investment in global health.
The EU has thus almost doubled its donation pledges to a total of 450 million vaccine doses. Von der Leyen called the fight against the corona pandemic one of the great geopolitical questions of our time.
She stressed that so far less than one percent of the doses worldwide have been given in low-income countries. The President of the Commission also pointed out that the EU is investing one billion euros in promoting vaccine production in Africa.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for more fairness in the distribution of vaccines in the fight against the corona pandemic, particularly pointing out supply gaps in Africa.
More than 5.7 billion doses have been administered worldwide, but only 2 percent of them in Africa, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said yesterday. That harms not only the people in Africa, but everyone.
Tedros went on to say that the longer the vaccine inequality persists, the more the virus will continue to circulate and change, the longer the social and economic turmoil will last and the greater the likelihood that more variants will emerge that reduce the effectiveness of the vaccines affect.
The worst pandemic in the last hundred years will not end until there is real global cooperation in the supply of and access to vaccines, it said.
The WHO’s vaccination target is that 70 percent of the population of all countries should be vaccinated by mid-2022. © dpa / afp / aerzteblatt.de