European Commission President calls for increased EU solidarity with low-income countries through COVID-19 vaccine access

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke to the European Parliament on the EU’s COVID-19 response, including calling for solidarity with EU partners across the world by supporting access to vaccines for lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Von der Leyen highlighted the importance of the COVAX Facility, which is working to ensure global equitable access to vaccines, especially through high-income countries helping to finance access to vaccines in LMICs. She called for increased support from 'Team Europe' for COVAX, which has already provided €850 million (US$1.0 billion), making it COVAX’s biggest contributor.

She also emphasized that ensuring global access was in the EU's best interests to reduce the likelihood of mutations causing new virus variants that could be more resistant to vaccines. 

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