BRUSSELS — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomed the time spent by the 27 European Union leaders to discuss a collective response to the Covid-19 pandemic, in statements after the conclusion of the European Council on Friday.
"The epidemiological situation is worrying and we must stay very focused to avoid a return to the dire situation that we experienced last spring," she said.
She underlined that the pandemic and its consequences can only be overcome if EU member states and institutions work together. Additionally, she noted that progress on vaccines is the key to a long-term solution to this crisis, while they also discussed the strategy that must be followed once vaccines are available.
European Union leaders assessed the state of their economy and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on it during their final day of a summit meeting.