The European Union has to cooperate with other countries on their vaccination processes because the bloc “will not be safe” as long as its neighbours “are sick”, Portugal’s Secretary of State for European Affairs Ana Paula Zacarias told a European Parliament plenary session on the “EU global strategy for COVID-19 vaccination”.
“No country will be able to defeat this pandemic alone. We need solidarity, we need to talk to other countries about COVAX,” said Zacarias in reference to the initiative that foresees the purchase of two billion vaccines by the end of 2021, to be used later in low and middle-income countries. There also needs to be discussions about “strengthening the WHO, about technical cooperation, and we need to work with European team spirit,” she added.
“Together we can make the EU and the world a safer place to fight the virus,” said the secretary of state, who addressed the plenary session as representative of the EU Council, which Portugal is chairing this six-month period. (Tiago Almeida, Lusa.pt)