A healthcare professional talks to Morristo, a 78-year-old French woman, after receiving her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Renemre Hospital in Seblanc, on the outskirts of Paris, France. , December 27, 2020. (Thomas Samson / Pool via Reuters)
Brussels — The European Commission said on Tuesday that 70% of the European Union’s adult population was fully vaccinated against COVID-19, achieving the goals set earlier this year.
In January, the Commission said, “By the summer of 2021, member states should have vaccinated at least 70 percent of the adult population.”
This was interpreted to mean that each of the 27 EU member states would have to reach that goal by September. According to a document seen by Reuters, many criticized the committee at an internal meeting for fear of not being able to do it.
Currently, this block is cumulatively vaccinated to 70% of the adult population. That is, at least 255 million people have been vaccinated twice with Pfizer / BioNTech, AstraZeneca, or Moderna, or with a single Johnson & Johnson jab.
The situation varies greatly from country to country. Malta has fully vaccinated more than 90% of the adult population, according to data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), an EU agency.
Ireland and Portugal also immunize more than 80% of the adult population, while France has more than 70%, according to ECDC figures. This is usually updated slightly later than the information freely available to the EU Commission.
In the east, Bulgaria is fully vaccinated in only one-fifth of the adult population, and Romania is vaccinated in about 30 percent of adults. Croatia, Latvia, Slovenia and Slovakia immunize about half of people over the age of 18.