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Europe has yet to live up to its Covid-19 promises

Posted On: Aug 7, 2020   |   Posted By: Politico

Europe has yet to live up to its Covid-19 promises

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The European Union wants to be the world's Covid-19 pandemic superpower, but health activists say its actions haven't yet matched its grand promises.
The European Commission - the EU's executive arm - claims credit for raising around $18.9 billion since May to help fund Covid-19 vaccines, treatments and tests. It has enlisted celebrities like actor Hugh Jackman, comedian Chris Rock and pop stars Justin Bieber and Shakira, to promote its belief that access to coronavirus care is a global public good, even claiming in a June strategy paper that “the EU will only be safe if the rest of the world is safe.”
In casting itself as a global savior, the EU is drawing a sharp contrast with the United States, which drew international condemnation after announcing its withdrawal from the World Health Organization in June. But seven months after the...

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