Covid: 70% of the entire EU population is fully vaccinated against Covid

Published by Cécile D., Manon C. · Updated on 31 August 2021 at 14h55 · Published on 31 August 2021 at 13h36
The EU has hit a milestone: 70% of the EU adult population is now fully vaccinated, European Commission Presidence Ursula Von der Leyen announced this Tuesday August 31. It represents over 230 million people.

The vaccinee toll keeps on increasing in the European Union. As of Tuesday August 31, the goal set by the European Commission at the beginning of the vaccination campaign is met: 70% of the adults are now fully vaccinated in the EU. The Union is now one of the world's regions vaccinating the most, according to EU organization spokeswoman Dana Spinant.

Although the EU Commission President is happy to have achieved this goal, she does not intend to stop in such a good way. "We must go further! We need more Europeans to vaccinate", Ursula von der Leyen insists on in a video shared on social networks. The leader also plans to "continue supporting our partners".

"We cannot stop here. New variants make it necessary for us to go beyond 70% to be safe. We need to go one step further. We need to urgently address the worrying vaccination gap between our member states and be ready to deploy booster vaccines if the scientific evidence shows that this is the way forward", Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said.

"It is important that this progress is distributed in a more balanced way so that there are no pockets where the virus can spread and mutate", Dana Spinant said earlier in August, warning against variant risks in the event of uneven vaccination.

Therefore, in Europe, somes countries are more ahead of their vaccination campaigns than others. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control condemns gaps between EU countries: in Bulgaria, the percentage of adults fully vaccinated only reaches 20%. It goes up to 32.8% in Romania, 49% in Slovakia, and 58.1% in Poland. On the contrary, 72.5% of adults are fully vaccinated in France, 70.6% in Germany, 76.7% in Spain, 82.4% in Portugal and 85.5% in Ireland.

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