EU hits goal of delivering vaccines for 70% of adults

The EU joint vaccine purchasing scheme is run by the European Commission.
The EU joint vaccine purchasing scheme is run by the European Commission.PHOTO: REUTERS

BRUSSELS (AFP) - The European Union (EU) has hit its target of delivering enough coronavirus vaccines to cover 70 per cent of the adult population, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said on Saturday (July 10).

The 27 governments are responsible for administering the vaccines to citizens, and some are working much faster than others, but Dr von der Leyen stressed that: "The EU has kept its word."

The EU joint vaccine purchasing scheme, run by Dr von der Leyen's European Commission, has delivered 330 million BioNTech-Pfizer shots, 100 million from AstraZeneca, 50 million from Moderna and 20 million from Johnson & Johnson.

All the vaccines, except the ones from Johnson & Johnson, require two doses to achieve full efficacy. The EU is home to an estimated 366 million adults.

"This weekend, we delivered enough vaccine to member states to fully vaccinate at least 70 per cent of the adult population this month. By tomorrow, some 500 million doses will have been distributed to all regions of Europe," Dr von der Leyen said.

"Covid 19 is not yet defeated. But we are prepared to continue supplying vaccines - also against new variants. Now, the member states must do everything they can to ensure that vaccinations move forward. Only then will we all be safe."