EU leaders agree to step up COVID-19 vaccine production in Europe

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EU leaders hold a video conference summit, in Brussels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders agreed at a summit on Thursday to step up production of COVID-19 vaccines in Europe and improve the rollout of inoculations across member states, European Council President Charles Michel said.

"It's absolutely vital of course that we keep on working to improve vaccine production in Europe, and improve our ability to distribute those to member states," Michel told a news conference after chairing the meeting of the 27 countries' leaders.

"This is our absolute priority and we are completely dedicated to that task along with the European Commission."

(Reporting by Jan Strupczewski; Writing by John Chalmers)