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EU says it has reached goal of vaccinating 70% of adults Updated: 2021-09-01 07:41:29 KST

Now, Do-yeon, let's talk about the COVID situation overseas the European Union just reached its goal of vaccinating 70-percent of its adults.
What does this mean, and how were they able to reach this point?

That's right Mok-yeon, 70-percent of the adult population means at least 250 million have been vaccinated in the bloc.
Reaching this point by September had been the goal for the EU since the rollout of the vaccine.
First, let's take a listen to what Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had to say.

"But the pandemic is not over and we must remain vigilant. So, first of all, we need many more Europeans to vaccinate rapidly to avoid a new wave of infections and to stop the emergence of new variants. And I call on everyone who can, to get vaccinated, this is the only way to protect yourself and the others."

This is an overall average across the bloc and doesn't mean that each member state has passed that point.
For example, Malta has the highest vaccination rate with 90-percent of its adults inoculated with Ireland and Portugal at over 80-percent.
But as we move to the east Bulgaria has just a fifth of its nation's adults vaccinated while Romania has about 30 percent.
So there are some differences among the EU member countries.
The Commission President also added that the EU has been a leading contributor to the COVAX facility to help low to middle income countries obtain vaccines as the pandemic will only end when it's defeated in every corner of the globe.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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