About 220 million people, or 60% of the EU population, are vaccinated against COVID-19

About 220 million people, or 60% of the EU population, are vaccinated against COVID-19

By June 27, about 220 million people, or 60% of the population in the entire European Union (EU), will receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Addressing the leaders of the 27 EU member states at the EU summit on June 24-25, European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen, emphasized that the whole Union has achieved steady progress on immunization.

In the second quarter of 2021, the whole bloc exceeded its vaccine target. It is expected that 424 million doses of the vaccine will be delivered to 27 member countries by the end of this week, mainly vaccines that require two doses to provide full protection. This ensures that the EU as a whole reaches its target of immunizing 70% of the adult population by the end of July.

At the EU Summit, the COVID-19 epidemic situation was one of the draft topics. In the conclusion of the conference, the 27 EU countries called for continued vaccination efforts and increased vigilance for new variants of the rapidly spreading SARS-CoV-2 virus.

EU leaders reaffirmed the Union’s commitment to international solidarity to respond to the pandemic, scale up vaccine production and ensure universal access to vaccines, especially within the framework size of the COVAX system. All producing countries and manufacturers should actively contribute to the effort to increase the global supply of vaccines, while coordinating responses to supply and distribution constraints.

In addition, 27 countries welcomed the decision adopted by the 74th World Health Assembly to conduct an extraordinary session of the World Health Assembly in November on the framework convention for preparation and response to the pandemic.

EU leaders also discussed the first lessons that can be learned from the pandemic related to collective resilience and resilience in the face of future crises to safeguard operations. of the whole block. Heads of EU states all affirmed the importance of uniform application of travel rules across the bloc.

The Union’s digital green certificate for COVID-19 will come into effect from 1 July and only apply to vaccines licensed in Europe, however, it will still recognize approved vaccines. The World Health Organization allows for emergency use to facilitate free and safe movement throughout the bloc. Free movement will be fully restored throughout Europe once the epidemic situation is well controlled.