EU Pledges 200 Million More COVID Vaccine Doses To Africa

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a State of the Union Address at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Stung by the swift collapse of the Afghan army and the chaotic U.S.-led evacuation through Kabul airport, the European Union on Wednesday unveiled new plans to develop its own defense capacities to try to ensure that it has more freedom to act in future crises. (Yves Herman, Pool via AP)

(AP) — The European Union is committing 200 million more vaccine doses to Africa to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic on a global scale. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says that the new donation comes on top of 250 million already committed and underscores the EU resolve to boost the challenge low-income nations are facing. Von der Leyen called it an “investment in solidarity and it is an investment also in global health.”


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