European countries

 

On the side-lines of the Summit hosted by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, G20 leaders commit to ensure a rapid and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries.

 

Ursula von der Leyen said “world leaders are firmly committed to multilateralism and global cooperation on health, meaning no export bans, keeping global supply chains functioning and efforts to increase production capacity around the world.”

 

The Commission President added that the EU has been working with industrial partners, who produce vaccines in Europe in order to make vaccine doses rapidly available for low- and middle-income countries.

 

Since Africa currently imports 99% of its vaccines and 94% of its medicines, Ursula von der Leyen added that Europe will also make investments that will enable the continent to produce its own vaccines.