European Commission proposes to discuss compulsory vaccination in EU

Source : 112 Ukraine

A third of the population in the EU countries is not vaccinated, and "this is a lot"
22:13, 2 December 2021

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EU countries should discuss the introduction of mandatory vaccination against coronavirus infection as DW reported citing Ursula von der Leyen.

According to her, 77% of the adult population is currently vaccinated against coronavirus in the EU - this is 66% of all residents.

"This means that a third of Europe's population is not vaccinated, this is 150 million people. That's a lot,” von der Leyen emphasized.

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The politician noted that not everyone can be vaccinated, for example, small children or people with certain medical complications. However, the vast majority can and should be vaccinated. Therefore, it would be “understandable and appropriate” to think in the EU about the promotion of vaccination and the possibility of compulsory immunization.

"It requires discussion, it requires joint action, but there must be discussion," von der Leyen said.

At the same time, she stressed that vaccination regulations fall exclusively under the jurisdiction of the EU member states.

Related: Covid-19 news: Quarantine rules will change in Ukraine, Austria introduces fines for refusing vaccination

Earlier, the World Health Organization Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) has named the coronavirus strain B.1.1.529 Omicron with 32 mutations in the spike protein. The virus uses this part to enter the cell of the body with its subsequent infection. The characteristics of the B.1.1.529 virus could give rise to serious concern among scientists about the hazard of this strain. In particular, Omicron was recorded in the Republic of South Africa, Belgium, Israel, Germany, Italy, Austria, Great Britain.


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