European Commission sets out key actions for a united front to beat COVID-19 and ensure international solidarity

January 20, 2021
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Two days ahead of the meeting of European leaders on a coordinated response to the COVID-19 crisis, the European Commission set out a number of actions needed to step up the fight against the pandemic. In a Communication adopted yesterday, it calls on Member States to accelerate the roll-out of vaccination across the EU.

Ensuring European leadership and international solidarity was among the key actions set out by yesterday’s Communication for Member States, the Commission, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) which will help reduce risks and keep the virus under control:

  • To ensure early access to vaccines, the Commission is to set up a Team Europe mechanism to structure the provision of vaccines shared by Member States with partner countries. This should allow for sharing with partner countries access to some of the 2.3 billion doses secured through the EU’s Vaccines Strategy, paying special attention to the Western Balkans, our Eastern and Southern neighbourhood and Africa.
  • The European Commission and Member States should continue supporting COVAX, including through early access to vaccines. Team Europe has already mobilised €853 million in support of COVAX, making the EU one of COVAX’s biggest donors.


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Communication: A united front to beat COVID-19

Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia