The EU said on Thursday that 200 million Europeans had been fully vaccinated, more than half of the adult population, but still short of the 70 percent target it had set for the summer.
European Commission spokeswoman Dana Spinant told reporters that based on the latest data from the European Center for Disease Control, “54.7 percent of the adult population has been fully vaccinated with either two doses or one dose in the case of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.” vaccine”.
“We have 68.4 percent of adults in the EU who have already had their first dose,” she added.
“We are now among the regions of the world that have vaccinated the most, but it is important that this progress is distributed in a more balanced way so that there are no places where the virus can spread and mutate,” she added. .
The EU rollout got off to a slower pace than in Britain and the United States due to shortages of supplies, and came under heavy criticism in the early months of the year.
The European Commission, which coordinated vaccine orders for the 27 member states, was the subject of many of the complaints.
The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, had announced on July 10 that the EU had enough doses to “vaccinate at least 70 percent of the adult population this month”.
According to official AFP data, just over 440 million doses have been administered in the European Union. That’s 98.4 doses per 100 residents, while the United States has 102.4 doses per 100 residents.