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EU chief Ursula von der Leyen says 70 per cent of people in bloc fully vaccinated against COVID

The World Health Organization is concerned that the epidemic would kill an additional 236,000 people in Europe by December 1 and has voiced alarm about the continent's stagnant vaccination rate.
 

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Europe, First Published Aug 31, 2021, 5:18 PM IST
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EU Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday that 70 per cent of people in the European Union were now completely vaccinated against Covid-19, meeting a target set for the end of summer set by the bloc in January. Von der Leyen, in an online video, said today marked a significant milestone in our immunisation programme. Seventy per cent of adults in the EU are now completely vaccinated, which equates to 250 million individuals.

Von der Leyen is the chairman of the European Commission, which is in charge of ordering vaccinations for the EU's 27 member states. He stated in July that 70% of the EU's adult population had gotten at least one dosage.

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The struggle against the Delta variant, a more infectious form of the Covid-19 coronavirus, is currently dominating the worldwide fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The World Health Organization is concerned that the epidemic would kill an additional 236,000 people in Europe by December 1 and has voiced alarm about the continent's stagnant vaccination rate.

Brussels has emphasised the need for the EU to close the "worrying gap" in vaccination rates across member states. It has encouraged national authorities to be prepared to provide a different dosage to increase immunity if scientific data confirms its need. Adults are completely vaccinated at a rate of around 20 per cent in Bulgaria, 32.8 percent in Romania, 49 percent in Slovakia, and 58.1 percent in Poland.

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According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control data, the figure is 72.5 per cent in France, 70.6 per cent in Germany, 76.7 per cent in Spain, and 85.5 per cent in Ireland (ECDC).

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