EU pledges 200 million COVID vaccine doses to poor countries - NEWS 1130
The small shipments are stirring debate over how wealthy countries are sharing their surplus shots while poor countries are still struggling to get supplies.
EU countries have so far donated just a tiny portion of excess Covid-19 vaccines to poor nations, mostly AstraZeneca shots, less than 3 percent of the 160 million doses they plan to give away in total to help tame the global pandemic, an EU document has shown.
The European Union has committed to helping inoculate the most vulnerable across the world but, like other wealthy countries, EU states have so far focused on buying shots to inoculate their own citizens, contributing to a shortage of vaccines elsewhere.
EU states, with a combined adult population of 365 million, have so far received about 500 million doses from drugmakers and expect nearly a billion by the end of September.
But as of July 13, they had donated less than four million shots, the internal document, compiled by the European Commission and reviewed by Reuters, shows.
I'm glad to announce that we will be sharing more than 200 million …
More on: www.trtworld.com