After VDL boasted of meeting vaccine target, the EU warned of 236,000 Covid deaths by December.
Despite Ursula von der Leyen’s assertion that Europe has properly vaccinated 70% of its adult population, the World Health Organization has cautioned that Europe faces an increase in coronavirus mortality.
The WHO’s Europe director, Hans Kluge, warned that “lack of vaccine access in some countries” as well as “vaccine skepticism and science rejection” could result in 236,000 extra Covid fatalities by the end of the year. He described the situation as “very concerning,” particularly in low-income Central and Eastern European countries. Despite EU leader Ursula von der Leyen declaring that the group has met a goal set at the start of the year, this will be worrisome news for Europeans.
“Seventy percent of adults in the EU are completely vaccinated,” claimed the President of the European Commission.
“I want to express my gratitude to the numerous people who helped make this wonderful achievement possible.”
Eurocrats stated in January that “by summer 2021, member states should have vaccinated at least 70% of the adult population.”
The shortage of supplies obtained by the Brussels-led vaccination push, as well as safety worries over the AstraZeneca jab, put this aim under serious stress.
However, as the months have passed, member nations have been able to significantly accelerate their rollouts.
Mrs von der Leyen’s announcement, on the other hand, highlights the vast variations between EU countries.
Some countries are well ahead of the 70% mark, while others in the bloc’s poorer eastern regions lag well behind.
While at least 255 million people have had full coronavirus vaccination, the situation varies greatly between countries.
According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Malta has fully immunized over 90% of its adult population.
According to figures from the EU agency, Ireland and Portugal have immunised more than 80% of their adult populations, while France has over 70%.
However, in the east, Bulgaria has only vaccinated one-fifth of its adult population, while Romania has vaccinated only 30% of its adult population.
Croatia, Latvia, Slovenia, and Slovakia, like their western counterparts, have around half of their adult populations jaded.
“We must go further!” urged Mrs von der Leyen.
“More Europeans need to be vaccinated. We also need to assist the rest of the world in becoming vaccinated.”
The European Commission has admitted that there is a “worrying difference” in vaccination rates between member states.
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