European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the bloc has now exported more than 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the rest of the world, according to the Associated Press.
The big picture: The COVID-19 vaccines have been sent to more than 150 nations, making the EU the biggest exporter of the vaccines in the world. Recipients include Japan, Britain, South Africa and Brazil.
- Von der Leyen announced that the EU will also donate at least half a billion doses to middle- and lower-income countries that have been hardest hit by the pandemic.
- She added that at least every second dose produced in the EU is exported.
A global push: Von der Leyen urged other nations to follow suit.
- “We know that other countries also have to step up,” said Von der Leyen. “That’s the only way to beat the pandemic.”
The goal: According to Von der Leyen, the EU hopes to work with the United States to achieve a global vaccination rate of 70% by next year.