EU on path to vaccinate 70% adults by July-end

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The EU has enough coronavirus vaccine doses so Member States can now vaccinate at least 70% of adults, EC President Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement. She urged the EU countries to speed up vaccinations and said that about 500 million doses would be distributed across the Union by Sunday.

“The EU has kept its word. This weekend we have delivered enough vaccines to member states to be in a position to vaccinate fully at least 70% of the EU adults this month,” she said in a video statement. “But Covid-19 is not yet defeated. We are prepared to deliver more vaccines, including against new variants,” said von der Leyen, who faced criticism at the start of 2021 for failing to make sure companies delivered contracted vaccines.

The EU has a longer-term goal of having enough vaccines to immunise its entire eligible population by the end of September, and said in May it was confident of having enough vaccine to reach that target.

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