EU will have vaccine doses for 70 percent of adults ‘by mid-July’

The EU will have enough Covid-19 vaccine doses to cover 70 percent of its adult population by mid-July due to higher production within the bloc, a senior official said on Tuesday.

EU will have vaccine doses for 70 percent of adults 'by mid-July'
This picture taken on February 22, 2021 shows the warehouse of the packaging line of the factory of US multinational pharmaceutical company Pfizer in Puurs. Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP

“Fifty-three factories are producing vaccines in the EU. Our continent is now the largest producer in the world after the United States,” internal markets commissioner Thierry Breton told French daily Le Figaro in an interview.

“I am now certain of how many doses are currently in production and I know how many millions will be delivered each week,” he said.

“This allows me to assure you that we will have by mid-July the number of doses necessary for vaccinating 70 percent of the European Union’s adult population,” he said, citing the threshold many health experts say is necessary to achieve “herd immunity.”

EU governments have faced fierce criticism over the bloc’s joint vaccine procurement efforts, which saw a slow start to its inoculation drive even as programmes raced ahead in Britain and the US.

Already half of American adults have had at least one dose, and as of Monday anyone over 18 can sign up for a shot.

In the EU, by contrast, just over 20 percent of adults have received at least one jab, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Breton insisted that Europe would catch up in the coming months, with production capacity “that will reach 200 million doses a month by this summer.”

But he poured cold water on the idea of using Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine anytime soon, after Germany opened discussions with Moscow this month without waiting for coordinated EU action.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is evaluating Sputnik’s safety and efficiency, but “it still lacks some essential data,” Breton said.

And even if approved, “we’ll have to find production capacity, because the Russians do not have large production sites and are looking for industrial partners in Europe which are already fully mobilised.”

“For all these reasons, I don’t think significant quantities of Sputnik will be available for Europe before the end of 2021,” he said.

Member comments

  1. Hi,

    I would like to warn you about the wrong istatistic in the article.
    According to Folkhälsomyndigheten webpage, Proportion (%) vaccinated with at least 1 dose is %23.1 as of the date of 20th of April (%20.4, 16th of April) but you are sharing the data from ourworldin which is not correct(it shows %16.51 for16th of April which is %5 less than the official number)

    Could you please contact ourworldin and ask them to correct the figures or please stop sharing their untrustable numbers. It’s not fair to compare countries with wrong numbers.



    1. Hakan, OurWorldInData uses official data, coming exactly from Folkhälsomyndigheten (if you’re familiar with programming, you can check the source code here:

      The difference you see is because the percentage shown on Folkhälsomyndigheten’s website is based on the adult population (18+), but OurWorldInData calculates it based on the whole population of the country. It does the same calculation for all countries, exactly the same way, all coming from official and verifiable sources.

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How short-term residents in Denmark can access Covid-19 vaccination

People who are staying in Denmark temporarily for 30 days or more can be offered Covid-19 vaccination under the Danish health system.

How short-term residents in Denmark can access Covid-19 vaccination
People with temporary stays in Denmark may qualify for coronavirus vaccination. File photo: Tim Kildeborg Jensen/Ritzau Scanpix

Persons who are not permanent residents of the country can access coronavirus vaccination through the national inoculation programme even if they are not registered to the national health system, the Danish Health Authority confirmed in updated guidelines.

If you are staying in Denmark temporarily, you have the right to be vaccinated against Covid-19 even if you are not covered by the country’s national health insurance, which is free to all residents.

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Your temporary stay must fulfil two criteria, however: it must have an expected duration of over 30 days and must not have the purpose of obtaining vaccination.

If you think you fulfil these requirements, you should contact the regional health authority in the area in which you are staying once vaccination of your age or target group begins, or from May 17th if your group has already been offered vaccination.

Denmark has prioritised its vaccination programme based on factors including age, vulnerability to the virus and role as an essential carer or healthcare worker.

You can see the most recent English-language version of the vaccination calendar, which includes the various age and target groups here.

There are five regional health authorities in Denmark: Greater Copenhagen (Hovedstaden), Zealand (Sjælland), South Denmark (Syddanmark), Central Jutland (Midtjylland) and North Jutland (Nordjylland).

When you attend a vaccination appointment you should bring ID showing your name and date of birth so staff can check you are part of the relevant age group.

Your vaccination will be registered on a WHO international certificate of vaccination so that it can be used outside of Denmark as proof of vaccination.

Danish citizens who live in other countries can meanwhile return home to receive a Covid-19 vaccination if they are registered on the national healthcare system, according to the updated guidelines. Danes based abroad have not had a guarantee for accessing vaccination in their home country previously.

Not all Danes who live abroad will qualify for vaccination in Denmark, however – many do not retain the yellow health insurance card when they register as having moved abroad.

But there are a number of situations – for example, people who live in the EU or who live abroad and work in Denmark – in which access to the health system in Denmark is retained and a special health insurance card (sygesikringskort) is issued.

People with such registrations will receive notification from health authorities when their target or age group is being offered vaccines, provided they have a NemID, the national system for secure digital post, according to the health authority guidelines. Those without a NemID should contact their relevant regional health authority when vaccination of their age or target group commences.

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