Brussels, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – July 18, 2021): European Union leaders celebrated their coronavirus vaccination program on Saturday reaching a higher proportion of its population than in the United States, which had passed the block for months.
“We promised it and it’s done. The EU overtook the United States this week as the continent with the most first doses in the world,” Commissioner Thierry Breton wrote on Twitter.
Quoting the statistics site Our World in Data, the French Minister for Europe, Clément Beaune, wrote that the EU had now given a first dose to 55.5% of people, against 55.4 on the other side. of the Atlantic.
Brussels’ strategy to deploy the Covid-19 shots was widely criticized in early 2021, lagging behind Britain and the United States for lack of supplies.
But Breton, who heads a group working on increasing vaccine production and supply, said the EU has now overtaken its transatlantic rival while “staying #open and exporting half of our production to more than 100 countries “, hailing” efficiency and solidarity “on the part of Europe.
At the height of the difficulties of starting the vaccination program, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, admitted in February the errors of the Brussels authority.
She nevertheless insisted that “the battle against the pandemic is not a sprint, but a marathon”.