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More than 30% of Germany's population receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine Updated: 2021-05-07 13:50:47 KST

A full-fledged COVID-19 vaccination drive is being carried out across the world, with Germany completing first dose administration to over 30 percent of its population as of Thursday.
While Germany's vaccine rollout was criticized for its slow start, it has picked up speed dramatically, according to the country's health authorities.

"We were able to vaccinate over 15 million people against COVID-19 in Germany in April alone. That's as much as we did in the previous three months, so in one month as many as in the three months before. And that shows how much more speed we have gained."

Saying the country is stepping closer to normality, the German government plans to ease restrictions for gatherings for those who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19, starting this weekend.
More than 10 million people in Turkey have been given both doses, while nearly 25 million have received their first dose.
Since the launch of its vaccination program in mid-January, Turkey has been using China's Sinovac and Pfizer's injections, and has recently given emergency approval to Russia's Sputnik V.
Norway plans to introduce vaccine certificates early next month, which the government says will grant access to events for such document holders.
So far, around a quarter of the country's population have received their first dose and 6.8 percent have received two doses.
In the U.S., some 70 percent of Americans over 65 have been fully vaccinated.
Around 57 percent of the country's adults have received their first dose.
President Biden is aiming for 70 percent of Americans to get at least one by July 4th.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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