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No-Shows Hobble Rollout as Poorest EU State Bulgaria Faces Vaccine Doubt

  • More than half of Bulgarians aren’t planning to get vaccinated
  • Two-thirds of people skip appointments for shot at hospital
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Photographer: Nikolay Doychinov/AFP/Getty Images

Front-line workers missing vaccine appointments and widespread public mistrust are crippling the rollout of shots to stop Covid-19 in the European Union member with the worst record on inoculations.

Bulgaria has administered just 1.2 doses per 100 people. That’s about a fifth of the average in the 27-member EU, which has struggled behind the U.S. and the U.K. to obtain doses and get them into the arms of its roughly 450 million citizens.