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Vaccines for all? Disagreements within EU on how to protect the world

france24– “Nobody is safe until everybody is safe”. This phrase has become something of a mantra in Europe, as member states work to get their citizens protected from Covid-19. But does “everybody” include just the people who live in the EU, or the rest of the world as well? To discuss the issue in more detail, we’re joined by two MEPs.

In her recent State of the Union speech, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen acknowledged that fewer than 1 percent of vaccine doses worldwide had been given out in low-income countries.

A majority of Members of the European Parliament recently voted to demand the temporary lifting of intellectual property rights protection for Covid-19 vaccines. But it was a slim majority, and the decision will actually be taken at the World Trade Organization later this month.

Produced by Perrine Desplats, Isabelle Romero, Yi Song and Céline Schmitt

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