EU leaders to discuss coronavirus coordination efforts

edited January 8 in Other Political Debate

EU leaders will meet via video link on January 21 to discuss the bloc’s coronavirus coordination efforts.

European Council President Charles Michel’s spokesperson made the announcement Friday, shortly after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said a deal had been struck to reserve up to 300 million more doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.

The Commission’s original contract with BioNTech/Pfizer secured 200 million doses of the vaccine with an option to buy another 100 million, which the Commission triggered in December. The new order brings that to 600 million doses.

“We make sure Europeans have sufficient doses of safe & effective #COVID19 vaccines,” von der Leyen tweeted Friday morning.

Many European countries have been slow to use the vaccines they already have. The Netherlands only began vaccinations this week, and France came under fire for only using around 500 of the first 500,000 BioNTech/Pfizer doses it received. 

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