As infections are rising in Europe, the next challenge is to ensure that doses are being taken, since there is less demand in certain areas. The European Centre for Disease Control reports that 44% of adults in the EU are fully vaccinated and 64% have had at least one dose.
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, stated Saturday that 500 million doses would have been distributed to all 27 member countries by Sunday. She encouraged member countries to do everything possible to improve vaccinations.
According to the ECDC, 386 million doses have been administered by EU countries so far for 447 million people. Although Europe has a more sophisticated vaccination campaign than the rest of the world, it is still slow. Only 17% of Bulgarian adults have received their first dose, compared to 81% in Belgium.