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EU has exported over 1 billion COVID-19 vaccines, says von der Leyen

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By AP  with Euronews
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses a media conference.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses a media conference.   -   Copyright  Yves Herman/REUTERS/Pool Photo via AP

The European Union has now exported more than one billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines, says Ursula von der Leyen.

The European Commission President told reporters that the bloc has sent vaccines to over 150 nations across the world in ten months.

Von der Leyen also announced that the EU will donate at least half a billion doses to middle- and lower-income countries that are affected most by the pandemic.

The Commission President insisted that other nations need to increase their effort, ahead of next week’s G20 summit meeting in Rome.

"We know that other countries also have to step up," von der Leyen told a media briefing on Monday. "That’s the only way to beat the pandemic."

"Very clearly, the EU is the world's largest exporter of vaccines," Commission President Ursula von der Leyen added in a short video.

Von der Leyen said that at least every second dose produced in the EU is sent abroad.

Last month, the bloc already committed to sending 200 million more vaccine doses to Africa and other low-income nations.