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Ursula von der Leyen gives EU countries and Brussels institutions a cringe-worthy nickname

Ursula von der Leyen calls EU ‘team Europe’

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen discussed the ability for low-income countries to gain access to the coronavirus vaccine during a European Parliament plenary speech. She also praised the creation of COVAX and its importance going forward against coronavirus. Ms von der Leyen then used the term “Team Europe” to describe all the member states and its institutions.

Ms von der Leyen said: “The access to vaccines for low and middle-income countries is as much about our own interests as it is it about solidarity.

“That is why we set up COVAX, the facility which allows high-income countries to finance the access to vaccines for low and middle-income countries.

“As team Europe, that is the member states and the European institutions, we have provided € 850m, making us one of the biggest contributors to COVAX.”

Ms von der Leyen added that the COVAX programme will begin to alleviate the issues surrounding the coronavirus vaccine rollout.

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She said: “COVAX will start delivering as of this month and I am sure that this House will agree that we need more.

“Our responsibility extends far beyond Europe’s border.”

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