Draghi, speaking to von der Leyen by phone, stressed “the priority goal of a more rapid European health response to Covid-19, especially on vaccines,” the Italian presidency said in a statement.
For her part, the EU chief tweeted that she was “glad to speak to Prime Minister Draghi tonight. We discussed cooperation on vaccine production & delivery”.
Glad to speak to Prime Minister Draghi tonight. We discussed cooperation on vaccine production & delivery.
We look forward to the G20 Global Health Summit in May.
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) March 3, 2021
The EU Commission has come under fire from EU member states over delays in the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines in Europe.
But last week, von der Leyen said the EU’s goal of fully vaccinating just under three-quarters of adults by late summer was one “that we’re confident with”.
As well as vaccines, Draghi and von der Leyen also talked about “the preparatory on the (Italian) recovery plan,” the EU chief said.
Italy, the eurozone’s third-biggest economy, is to receive more than 200 billion euros in EU aid in the wake of the economic fall-out from the coronavirus pandemic. And it must present its spending plans to Brussels by April 30.