The European Union's goal is to vaccinate 70% of adults in each member state "by the summer," Europe's Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said during a virtual summit on Thursday.
“We are seeing more and more people being vaccinated every day and we are taking decisive action to increase the production, delivery and the rollout of vaccines across the EU. But we are also very aware that we need to vaccinate as quickly as possible," Kyriakides said.
“We set an overall target for member states that they should vaccinate a minimum of 70% of their adult population by the summer, it is an ambitious goal, but it is reachable," she added. “Predictability around the deliveries are essential though for an efficient rollout, and together with the member states we are really working 24/7 and doing everything we can to ensure that companies deliver on our agreements."
“We stand ready to update or to conclude new advanced purchase agreements and are working very closely with manufacturers to address any bottlenecks in production as they appear,” Kyriakides added.