More than half of European adults fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The EU’s rollout began more slowly than the UK and the United States due to supply constraints (File)

Brussels, Belgium:

The European Union said on Thursday that 200 million Europeans had been fully vaccinated, more than half the adult population but still short of the 70 percent target set for the summer.

European Commission spokeswoman Dana Spinant told reporters that based on the latest data from the European Centers for Disease Control, “54.7 percent of the adult population is fully vaccinated with either two doses or one dose in the case of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.” “.

“We have 68.4 percent of adults in the EU who have already taken their first dose,” she said.

“We are now among the regions of the world that have vaccinated the most, but it is important that this progress is delivered in a more balanced way so that there are no pockets where the virus can spread and mutate,” she said.

The rollout of the European Union began more slowly than the UK and the United States due to supply constraints, and was heavily criticized during the first months of the year.

The European Commission, which coordinated vaccine orders for 27 member states, was the subject of several complaints.

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen announced on 10 July that the EU has enough doses to vaccinate “at least 70 percent of the adult population this month”.

According to official figures compiled by AFP, just over 440 million doses have been administered in the European Union. This is 98.4 doses per 100 inhabitants, compared to 102.4 doses per 100 inhabitants in the United States.

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