The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, responded to a joint letter from civil society representatives from the Eastern Partnership countries on the need to increase vaccine purchases by the European Union for their neighbors.
“The Eastern Partnership region is an important partner of the European Union, which we have supported since the start of the pandemic through bilateral grant support, regional support programs, and macrofinancial support to facilitate the long-term socio-economic recovery of the region,” the letter said.
They noted that the EU provides vaccines to its neighbors through the COVAX initiative and direct donations or resales. To date, EU countries have donated more than 100 million doses of vaccines.
In addition, the European Union has provided € 40 million in support to the Eastern Partnership countries through the World Health Organization to increase preparedness for “vaccine supply and administration”.
“Please rest assured that we remain focused on giving all our partners full access to vaccines, so that by the end of this year, the whole of Europe will be protected from new outbreaks of the pandemic,” EU leaders said.
Full text of the letter is available below: