The European Union has achieved its first goal of mass vaccination against Covid-19 in a major symbolic milestone, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday.
"Seventy percent of adults in the European Union are fully vaccinated. And that's more than 250 million people," Von der Leyen said in a short video statement, describing it as a “great achievement.”
"But the pandemic is not over and we must remain vigilant," she said, urging more Europeans to get vaccinated quickly to avoid a new wave of infection and the emergence of new variants.
The Union also needs to help other countries get vaccinated, she added, "because we will only defeat this pandemic if we defeat it in every corner of the globe."
The European Union's vaccination campaign started at the end of 2020, and the Commission's goal was to vaccinate 70 percent of people over the age of 18 by the end of September. Croatia is still aging behind the European Union average with only 51 percent of the adult population vaccinated.