EU failing to meet COVID19 vaccination targets as jabs sit in storage

Three months into their coronavirus vaccination campaigns, only five EU countries have met a European Commission goal to vaccinate 80 percent of people over the age of 80 — and only a few of those reporting have vaccinated 80 percent of their health and social care workers, POLITICO reports.

AstraZeneca was millions of doses short on its projected first quarter one deliveries, with some member states halting use of the jabs citing safety concerns.

The initial delivery of Johnson & Johnson vaccines are not due to arrive until the latter half of April, and many member states are are sitting on doses.

Only five countries met the Commission’s target to vaccinate 80 percent of people over the age of 80: on average, less than 60 percent of people over that age have received one dose, according to the most recent data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) from March 28th.

Only 14 of the 27 member states have met the Commission's goal of vaccinating 80 percent of health and social care workers.

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