Emmanuel Macron Calls on EU to Match U.S.’ COVID Vaccine Donations

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French President Emmanuel Macron called for the European Union to match the United States’ efforts in donating COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries—African nations in particular—at a news conference on Thursday, the Associated Press reported.

The U.S. promised to donate 500 million Pfizer vaccines by mid-2022 to 92 countries and the African Union.

“I think the European Union needs to have at least the same level of ambition as the United States,” Macron said.

France donated 100,000 doses of the vaccine to Mauritania in April. Macron said France would donate 500,000 by mid-June and 30 million by 2022.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

BRFrench President Emmanuel Macron talks to media at the end of an extraordinary EU Summit on May 25, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium.

European Union leaders discussed relations with Russia, Belarus, Middle East, Mali, the United Kingdom, climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.
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