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Europe’s Vaccination Program Running at Half the Pace of U.S.

  • Just under 1 in 10 adults have had their first shot, ECDC says
  • 12.5 million doses have been sent to countries but are unused
Visitors depart after being inoculated at a Covid-19 vaccination center in Warsaw, on March 12.

Visitors depart after being inoculated at a Covid-19 vaccination center in Warsaw, on March 12.

Photographer: Lukasz Sokol/Bloomberg

The European Union’s Covid vaccination drive showed no sign of picking up the pace over the past week and is still running at less than half the pace of immunizations in the U.S., according to weekly figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

The 29 countries in the bloc and wider European Economic Area took delivery of 9.9 million doses over the week through March 14 and administered 9.1 million shots over the period, the ECDC said Thursday. That equates to about 1.3 million vaccinations a day compared to 2.5 million a day in the U.S., where the population is only about 70% as large.