COVID-19 vaccination in the EU – level 3

08-09-2021 15:00

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that 70% of the European Union’s adult population was fully vaccinated against COVID-19, hitting a target that was set at the beginning of the year.

Von der Leyen said that the EU reached an important step in its vaccination campaign, with more than 250 million people immunized. However, the pandemic isn’t over, and the EU must stay vigilant. This means that many more Europeans need to get vaccinated quickly to avoid a new wave of infections and to stop the emergence of new variants. Taking children and teenagers into account, more than 55% of the overall EU population has been fully vaccinated, compared with 52% in the US, 61% in Israel, and 64% in the UK.

The EU has sent about half of the vaccines made in Europe to other countries in the world, which is as much as it’s given to its citizens, contributing to a global and fair access to vaccines across the world.

Difficult words: immunize (to protect someone against a particular disease or infection, often by giving an injection), vigilant (keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties), emergence (coming into existence).

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