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EU has vaccinated 1 in 3, seeks 70% vaccination by July Updated: 2021-05-18 09:57:00 KST

European Commission spokeswoman Dana Spinant on Monday said 31.8 percent of the EU population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
She says the bloc has been able to ramp up its vaccination rate,.. thanks to millions of doses being delivered in recent weeks.
The figure is up from the 27.7 percent reported last week.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Monday reiterated the bloc will be able to vaccinate 70-percent of adults by July, two months ahead of schedule.
She added the European Medicines Agency will approve use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for kids aged 12 to 15.
German health minister Jens Spahn also announced Monday that Germany will remove its priority limits on who can receive COVID-19 vaccines starting June 7th.
Prior to the announcement, only those listed as priority groups were eligible to receive most vaccines.
However, starting next month, the entire population 16 and above will be eligible for jabs.
The country has so far vaccinated 37-percent of the population with at least one dose.
Just over 11-percent have been fully vaccinated.
The head of the WHO on Monday called on vaccine manufacturers to make vaccine doses available to the COVAX Facility earlier than planned, due to a supply shortfall caused by Indian export disruptions.

"While we appreciate the work of AstraZeneca who have been steadily increasing the speed and volume of their deliveries, we need other manufacturers to follow suit. Pfizer has committed to providing 40 million doses of vaccine with COVAX this year, but the majority of this would be in the second half of 2021. We need doses right now and call on them to bring forward deliveries as soon as possible."

The head of UNICEF on Monday also asked G7 nations to donate supplies as an emergency measure, to make up for the shortfall, which is estimated at 140 million doses by the end of May.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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