EU leaders will hold videoconference on Covid-19 coordination on 21 January

They will look at all tools at their disposal to limit the spread of the virus and to get it under control

Photo: EU Charles Michel.

The next videoconference with EU27 on Covid-19 coordination will be held on 21 January at 6pm and will be chaired by the European Council President Charles Michel, EUCO Spokesman Barend Leyts tweeted on Friday. 

Talking at the Portuguese Council Presidency launch event in Lisbon last Tuesday, President Michel said that there will be a leader’s video conference before the end of January, to discuss again the Covid-19 crisis response and vaccine roll-out.

The leaders will look at all instruments at their disposal to limit the spread of the virus and to get it under control. “We are fully mobilised with the European Commission and Member States to deploy the vaccines. It's a tremendous challenge,” President Michel stressed.

During the news conference on vaccines on Friday morning, EC President Ursula von der Leyen underlined that one of the priorities for 2021 is the economic recovery, “but this presupposes that we will be successful in defeating the pandemic”. She specified that “this means in the first place: we must vaccinate as many Europeans as possible, as quickly as possible”.

Von der Leyen also announced that the Commission proposes to the EU countries to purchase an additional 300 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by BioNTech and Pfizer. With this move, the total number of vaccines secured so far is 2.3 billion doses.

 

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