EU hits target of 70% of fully immunized adults

The European Union has reached its target of 70% of adults fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, announced the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on Twitter on Tuesday.

If the EU has vaccinated more than 70% of those over 18 by the end of the summer, “we must go further! More Europeans need to be vaccinated, ”said Ursula von der Leyen.

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In addition, “we must support vaccination in the rest of the world with our partners”, she added, while the EU participates in particular in the Covax mechanism which aims to provide vaccines to the poorest countries. The European Commission, responsible for vaccine pre-orders to laboratories, had already announced on July 27 that 70% of the adult population in the EU had received at least one dose.

Four vaccines have been authorized in the EU by the European Medicines Agency (EMA): Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca (two doses needed) and Johnson & Johnson (one injection). “We can be proud that our vaccine strategy has achieved its goal, with the participation of Member States and citizens,” commented Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides. “But we can’t stop there. To be safe, we have to go beyond 70% because of the new variants, ”she warned. “To get out of the pandemic, we must vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate”, she insisted.

Reduce the “worrying gap” between certain countries

The Delta variant, first identified in India and now dominant, is about 40% to 60% more transmissible than the Alpha variant. People infected with the Delta variant are twice as likely to be hospitalized for Covid-19 as those infected with the Alpha variant, according to a British study published on Saturday. The World Health Organization (WHO) fears that the pandemic will kill 236,000 more in Europe by December 1, expressing concern about the stagnation of the pace of vaccinations on the continent.

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The Health Commissioner stressed the need for the EU to narrow the “worrying gap” in vaccination rates between member states and to be ready for the injection of a new dose to boost immunity if ” scientific data shows that this is the way to go ”. In Bulgaria, the rate of fully vaccinated adults is around 20%, 32.8% in Romania, 49% in Slovakia and 58.1% in Poland while it reaches 72.5% in France, 70.6 % in Germany, 76.7% in Spain, 82.4% in Portugal and 85.5% in Ireland, according to data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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