ANKARA

An EU official on Thursday said that COVID-19 has exposed the unpreparedness and fragilities of societies and also that the pandemic does not know borders. 

Participating in a discussion through video link on the future relations of EU and Turkiye, the Acting Deputy Director-General of the European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, John Ryan said health and pandemics are areas of common concern for both the partners.

“This allows us to highlight global engagement,” he said.

Ryan pointed out that he had experienced cases like Ebola, Zika, and Coronavirus in the past and they were usually over within two or three weeks.

“We have been going through this [pandemic] for two years and we still don’t see the end of cases. So, in this case, there is a pressure factor on our healthcare system,” he said.

Ryan said the EU has supplied 400 million doses of vaccines to countries under the Vaccines Global Access for Covid-19 (COVAX).

Stating that the EU hopes to increase this figure to 700 million doses by the middle of this year, Ryan said, the pandemic was entering a different phase and added that accelerating global vaccination is a high priority.

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