Covid-19: EU vaccination started a year ago and has now reached over 78% of adults – Commission

Exactly a year ago, vaccination campaigns against covid-19 started across Europe and have come a long way in the space of a year: over 78% of adults in the European Union are now [totalmente] vaccinated”, declared the leader of the community executive, Ursula von der Leyen, in a video message released today.

In the post made on the social network Twitter, the responsible stressed that the current “increase in the number of infections and in particular the rapid spread of [variante] Omicrons make vaccination even more important”.

Vaccinations, including booster shots, are currently our best protection. We have enough doses so that everyone can be vaccinated and get a booster shot, so let’s protect ourselves and others”, Apelou Ursula von der Leyen.

This is our best chance to beat this virus”, stressed the person in charge.

In the same message, the leader of the community executive also took the opportunity to thank all professionals in the health sector for working for hours on end “to administer the vaccines” and also to care for the infected patients.

Data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on vaccination in the EU reveal that 79.1% of the adult population in the community is fully vaccinated, a percentage that is 67.8% if all age groups are considered.

In absolute terms, ECDC data – which are based on notifications from Member States and are available on the agency’s website on vaccination – reveal that 289 million adults in the EU are fully vaccinated.

As for the total population, there are 303 million fully inoculated.

A covid-19 has caused more than 5.39 million deaths worldwide since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest report by the Agence France-Presse (AFP).

In Portugal, since March 2020, 18,874 people have died and 1,279,785 cases of infection have been recorded, according to data from the General Directorate of Health.

The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in several countries.

A new variant, Omicron, classified as a concern by the World Health Organization (WHO), has been detected in southern Africa, but since the South African health authorities raised the alert on 24 November, infections have been reported in at least 110 countries from all continents, including Portugal.

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