More than 80% of EU adults are fully vaccinated but Brussels asks for more to fight new variants

More than 80% of the adult population of the European Union (EU) is fully vaccinated against covid-19, the European Commission announced this Monday, calling for “social solidarity” to those who have not yet been inoculated to combat contagious variants such as Ómicron.

“At EU level, we have fully vaccinated over 80% of our adult population. This is a very important milestone, especially with regard to the spread of the Ómicron variant,” said European Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides.

Speaking at a press conference in the Swedish capital Stockholm, after a visit to the headquarters of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the European Commissioner said it was “important to continue to administer booster vaccines in order to protect people of the most serious effects of this virus”, since “vaccination remains a key tool to prevent serious diseases”.

However, “we know that millions of citizens in Europe have not been vaccinated and we need to change this to overcome this pandemic, [pois] our personal behavior in terms of personal responsibility is important”, stressed Stella Kyriakides.

Classifying vaccination as “an act of social solidarity”, the European official called for “efforts and responsibility” to combat the pandemic.

ECDC data on vaccination in the EU show that 80% of the adult population in the community is fully vaccinated, a percentage that is 68.7% if all age groups are considered.

In absolute terms, ECDC data – which is based on notifications from Member States and available on the European agency’s website on vaccination – reveals that 292 million adults in the EU are fully vaccinated.

As for the total population, 307 million are fully inoculated (including children).

As for the booster dose, 133 million additional doses have already been given in the EU, according to the ECDC.

ECDC says ‘uncertainties’ about Ómicron still persist

Also speaking at the press conference, ECDC Director Andrea Ammon noted that the EU is experiencing “a high and rapidly growing case notification rate”.

Part of this rapid spread of the virus is due to the Ómicron variant, according to the official, who explained that this strain already represents 22% of the sequenced samples, and is still dominant in some countries.

“There are still some uncertainties surrounding this new variant. It seems that, on an individual level, it causes less serious illness, but due to its easier transmissibility, it spreads to a large number of people, causing absenteeism that greatly affects essential workers, health professionals and public workers in general.”, portrayed Andrea Ammon.

Last Friday, in a written response sent to the Lusa agency, the ECDC considered it “premature” to classify the Ómicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 as less serious, as well as the “last successful variant”, still giving it as “highly uncertain” that guarantees collective immunity.

Specialists from this European agency also told Lusa that they did not recommend less isolation time for those who were not vaccinated against Covid-19, but admitted it to those who were fully inoculated due to the pressure that this period causes, although warning that the shorter the period, the greater the “risk”. residual”.

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