EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday 70 % of adults in the European Union were now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, hitting  a target an end-of-summer target the bloc set for itself in beginning  of the year .

Von der Leyen said  , “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 immunized ” .

Von der Leyen heads the European Commission, which is responsible for ordering vaccines for the EU’s 27 member states, and had already announced in July that 70 percent of the adult population of the EU had received at least one dose.

The global fight against the coronavirus pandemic is now dominated by the battle against the Delta variant, a more contagious version of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

The World Health Organization fears that the pandemic could kill an additional 2 ,36,000 people in Europe by December 1 and has expressed concern about the stagnating pace of vaccinations on the continent.

The rate of fully vaccinated adults is about 20 % in Bulgaria, 32.8 percent in Romania, 49 percent in Slovakia and 58.1 percent in Poland.

The level is 72.5 % in France, 70.6 %in Germany, 76.7 % in Spain, and 85.5 % in Ireland, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control .

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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