COVID-19: debate on developing countries’ access to vaccines  

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On Thursday, the Development Committee will discuss with Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen how developing countries can access COVID-19 vaccines.

Date: Thursday, 4 February, 9:30-10:30

Venue: ANTALL 4Q2 and via live webstreaming


MEPs are expected to urge the Commission to help make vaccines available to developing countries and will be asked to explain how this can be achieved.


Background


In an upcoming draft report, the committee is set to ask for substantial new funds to assist developing countries worldwide in their fight against COVID-19, including by making vaccines available globally. Last spring, Development Committee Chair Tomas Tobé (EPP, SE) called for such action, and the committee urged the international community to protect the most vulnerable.


In a debate in November 2020, the GAVI vaccine alliance told the committee they planned to deliver two billion doses of safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines by 2021.