More than a quarter of the EU’s population has received at least one dose of the anti-Covid vaccine, the European Commission greeted on Tuesday (May 4).
«Vaccination is accelerating in Europe: we have just exceeded 150 million vaccinations. We will have enough doses to vaccinate 70% of adults in the EU in July», Tweeted Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European executive. In detail, at least 153.8 million doses were administered to approximately 112.4 million people, or 25.1% of the population of the European Union, according to official figures recorded this Tuesday at midday . At least 41.9 million people are fully vaccinated (with two doses, or with the single dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson), or 9.4% of the population.
The Commission, responsible for vaccine pre-orders on behalf of the Member States, expects the delivery of at least 410 million doses in total over the whole of the second quarter (250 million BioNTech-Pfizer doses, 35 million Moderna, 55 million from Johnson & Johnson, as well as 70 million from AstraZeneca). Brussels has been heavily criticized for the delay in vaccination campaigns in the EU, due to delays in the regulatory approval process and AstraZeneca’s failures in deliveries.
Despite the recent acceleration, the EU still lags behind the US (around 30% of the fully vaccinated population), Israel (58%) and the UK (23%). In France, as of May 3, some 22.82 million doses had been administered in total to 16.13 million people, i.e. 23.9% of the population and 6.75 million people are fully vaccinated (10% of the population). In Belgium, 3.99 million doses have been administered and more than 856,000 people are fully vaccinated (7.4% of the population).