European Union (EU) Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Friday (23/4/2021) submitted an estimated date for the European Union (EU) to vaccinate 70% of the adult population in almost two months.
As reported by Xinhua, Von der Leyen delivered the target after visiting Pfizer’s vaccine factory in Puurs, Belgium. There, the main vaccine used so far in the EU has been produced, von der Leyen said the goal could be achieved by the end of July, not the end of September as had been previously thought.
With BioNTech-Pfizer’s great efforts and accelerated delivery of their vaccine, I am now confident that we will have sufficient doses to vaccinate 70% of the adult population in the European Union by July,” he said.
Von der Leyen credits co-partners with BioNTech-Pfizer as being a strong and reliable supplier. He expressed satisfaction that “the EU vaccination campaign is on the right track.
The number of Covid-19 vaccinations in Europe has passed 150 million doses distributed and 123 million doses have been administered. That number makes the European bloc among the top three in terms of Covid-19 vaccinations worldwide, after the United States and China.
Von der Leyen said the European commission was close to finalizing deals with BioNTech and Pfizer to supply an additional 1.8 billion doses of the vaccine for 2022 and 2023.
“We will conclude in the coming days. It will secure the doses needed to give booster injections to increase our immunity to the virus. It will provide a customized vaccine to avoid variants that no longer respond to vaccines,” he told a news conference.
Von der Leyen said the European Medicines Agency had approved a 20% increase in site production capacity, making it one of the largest vaccine filling and completion sites in Europe.
On Friday (23/4), EU health commissioner Stella Kyriakides said nearly a quarter of the adult population in the bloc had received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and more than 9% had been fully vaccinated.