The EU will provide €41 million to help low and middle-income countries facing unprecedented health, humanitarian and socio-economic crises as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to persist, combined with the imbalance in the delivery of vaccines.
To help countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia tackle the consequences of the pandemic, the EU has allocated €31 million for:
- health assistance to vulnerable populations
- support for the management of COVID-19 cases
- building resilience in the local health systems in view of future surges.
In addition, €10 million are allocated to support the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in delivering vaccines to children under the COVAX Humanitarian Buffer.
Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: “The EU has been leading the multilateral response against the coronavirus pandemic, in several ways. Team Europe is a leading contributor to the COVAX, which works to ensure that no country is left behind. Through the EU’s vaccine-sharing mechanism, tens of thousands of vaccine doses are provided every week to those who need them in low and middle-income countries. The funding announced today will help address the immediate repercussions of COVID-19, including for vulnerable communities like the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and the indigenous populations of Latin America.”