EU plans to achieve herd immunity to coronavirus by mid-summer

Source : 112 Ukraine

To achieve this goal, 70% of the adult population needs to be vaccinated
20:38, 25 April 2021

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The European Union's vaccine task force chief said the bloc would be able to produce enough vaccines to achieve herd immunity of the EU's adult population by the middle of July according to DW.

"We are confident that we will be able to produce a sufficient number of vaccines to achieve the goal of collective immunity, which means that 70% of the adult population would have been vaccinated by mid-July," European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said.

The commissioner made the comments in an interview with the Greek weekly newspaper To Vima.

Breton wrote on Twitter that the bloc "will have the doses needed to fulfill the EU Vaccines Task Force target."

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According to Breton, more than 400 million doses were expected to be distributed in the second quarter.

"Member states need to be ready to speed up vaccinations," he said, adding that vaccine production in the EU is doubling every month in 53 production facilities.

By the end of 2021, production capacity will reach 3 billion vaccine doses per year, he said.

The EU's vaccination campaign got off to a difficult start, with bottlenecks and delivery delays in the first quarter, particularly in relation to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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