For the time being, vaccination strategies are rather similar: priority is first given to the elderly and nursing staff. But the results are very heterogeneous: this is how to summarize the current race for vaccination in Europe. All European states are very far from the situation of Israel, which claims to be able to have injected two doses of vaccines to 20% of its population by the end of January.
As a reminder, two vaccines are currently authorized in the European Union, those of Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna. Enough to vaccinate 380 million Europeans, or 80% of the population, according to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. And AstraZeneca / Oxford’s vaccine could soon enter the European market.
In fact, at least 3.06 million inhabitants of the European Union have received a first dose of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine, or 0.68% of the total population, according to an . count. Overview of the good and bad European pupils in terms of vaccination.
United Kingdom, Denmark, Italy: top three
Few of the European countries have vaccinated more than 1% of their population. Yes the United Kingdom recently left the EU, it is the country of the Old Continent which has vaccinated the most, with more than two million people immunized, or 3.37% of the population. Mass vaccination centers opened Monday and the government plans to immunize 15 million people by mid-February.
Within the EU, it is the Denmark which is at the top of the ranking, with 2% of Danes who received the injection. Authorities even announced on Friday that they had vaccinated all residents of nursing homes, prompting Health Minister Magnus Heunicke to claim that his country was “At the forefront of all EU countries when it comes to the deployment of delivered vaccines”.
On the other side of Europe, theItaly, one of the countries most affected by the pandemic, is also among the good students (1.19%). Three groups have priority: healthcare workers, more than half a million of whom have been vaccinated, residents of retirement homes and the elderly.
Spain accelerates, Germany criticized
With 0.87% of its population having already received a dose, theSpain is one of the countries rather ahead. The country also accelerated the pace of vaccination last week, since more than half of the doses received were administered, against only 11% the previous week.
Despite rather positive results (0.82% of the vaccinated population), the government ofGermany has been criticized for being slow and for relying too much on the EU’s vaccine supply. The controversy subsided with the announcement of the imminent arrival of the Moderna vaccine, which should make it possible to speed up vaccination.
Many European countries are also in this range of 0.5% to 1% of the vaccinated population, such as Poland (0.68%), the Portugal (0.69%) or the Sweden (0.78%).
Netherlands and France lagging behind
Critics are numerous in the Netherlands, the last European country to launch its vaccination campaign, on January 6, almost two weeks after the first. Only 0.21% of the population is vaccinated there so far. If Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he was “disappointed” with this delay, his Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge recognized a lack of “agility” and poor logistics to justify this delay. Caregivers will have priority for the first injections.
In France, the vaccination campaign, favoring people in retirement homes started well on December 27, as in many EU countries. But the launch was sluggish with only a few hundred vaccinations, when some neighbors already exceeded the hundred thousand. As of Monday evening, more than 138,000 people had been vaccinated in the country, or 0.2% of the population, placing France at the bottom of the ranking.
Other countries also have fairly low scores, such as the Belgium (0.22%) where there too retirement homes are targeted, Finland (0.32%) who assured that they had received fewer vaccines than expected, and the Greece (0.48%).
In Czech republic (0.37%) the Minister of the Interior Jan Hamacek announced that schools, closed in the country, could be used to massively vaccinate the population.
Outside the EU, variable results
The Russia, who developed his own vaccine, Sputnik V, claimed to have injected it into “More than a million people”, or less than 1% of its population. Experts take these statistics with a grain of salt, however, as the official death toll from the pandemic in the country has been underestimated by authorities.
Among European countries that are not part of the EU, the Norway (0.39%) and the Serbia (0.13%) show mixed results. In the case of the first, the authorities have chosen a cautious line by administering only half of the vaccines they receive while in the case of the second, citizens volunteers can choose which vaccine they want via a form on the internet. .
Finally, in Ukraine as in North Macedonia or to Kosovo, the vaccination campaign has not yet started. Kiev hopes to receive only its first doses of vaccine at the end of March or early April, via the UN Covax program, to then start vaccination.