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EU president: 70% of adults in EU now fully vaccinated

Latest: Coronavirus in Spain figures (6 Sept)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday that 70% of adults in the EU are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, reaching an end-of-summer target that the bloc set for itself back in January.

‘Today we reached an important milestone in our vaccination campaign. 70% of adults in the EU are now fully vaccinated and that means 250 million people are fully immunised,’ von der Leyen said in a video posted online.

In July, she had already announced that 70% of the EU’s adult population had received at least one dose of a vaccine against Covid.

Figures released this week in Spain showed that 70.3% of the country’s total population (32,811,664 people) had been fully vaccinated up to the end of August (figures collated up to 31 Aug), reaching its target of fully vaccinating 70% of its total population in a period of eight months since starting the vaccinations. 

On Tuesday, the rate of fully vaccinated adults was about 20% in Bulgaria, 32.8% in Romania, 49% in Slovakia and 58.1% in Poland.

The level was 72.5% in France, 70.6% in Germany and 85.5% in Ireland, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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An image of Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, wearing an EU plaster after being vaccinated on 15 April 2021. (Dati Bendo / EU Commission)

The global fight against the Coronavirus pandemic continues and is now dominated by the battle against the Delta variant, a more contagious version.

The World Health Organization (WHO) fears that the pandemic could kill a further 236,000 people in Europe by 1 December and has expressed concern about the slowing pace of vaccinations on the continent. 

Brussels has stressed the need for the EU to reduce the ‘worrying gap’ in vaccination rates between member states and urged national authorities to be ready for the injection of a new dose to boost immunity if scientific data confirm the need for it.

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