At least 70 per cent of the adult population of the European Union will get vaccinated by the end of summer as previously announced by the bloc since that very percentage of EU residents 18 years or older have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, said the European Commission said on Tuesday.
The important milestone of the 70 per cent of the adult population receiving one dose of a vaccine with 57 per cent fully vaccinated, has been reached by the bloc, said EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides. She said in a statement that the EU will be able to reach its goal by the end of the summer according to projections.
Delays in deliveries of vaccine doses, particularly those of AstraZeneca, had slowed down the pace of vaccination in the EU at the beginning compared to the pace of vaccinations in Britain and in the United States. The situation had even forced the EU to take legal actions against AstraZeneca over delay in vaccine deliveries.
During the second quarter however, there was as sharp rise in vaccine supplies, particularly from Pfizer-BionTech, which prompted the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to comment that the EU was now among the world leaders in terms of vaccinating its population.
“The catch-up process has been very successful – but we need to keep up the effort,” she said. “The delta variant is very dangerous. I therefore call on everyone – who has the opportunity – to be vaccinated. For their own health and to protect others,” she continued
(Adapted from Investing.com)