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October 7, 2021

GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: Uneven vaccination rates across EU member countries

By Paul Dennis

7 October

Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 have reached over 236,612,000, with more than 4,830,000 deaths reported.

Daily confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Greece are approximately half of what they were toward the end of August, but continue to average 2,100 cases per day.

Confirmed deaths since the beginning of October have averaged about 30 per day.

Greece plans to lift some COVID-related restrictions in areas where cases have been the highest.

This includes lifting the current ban on music in bars and restaurants and only allowing people who can provide proof of vaccination or of recent recovery from COVID infection into indoor venues.

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It is hoped continued restrictions for unvaccinated people will help motivate them to get inoculated.

Nearly 58% of Greece is fully vaccinated against the virus, but further increasing vaccination coverage will help prevent future outbreaks.

Over 60% of the total population of the European Union is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but vaccination rates are unevenly distributed across its 27 member countries.

For example, over 70% of Spain and Belgium are fully inoculated, while only 19% and 28%, respectively, of Bulgaria and Romania are.

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to relax across the EU, there is a high risk of another surge in cases and deaths for countries with low vaccination coverage.

EU public health officials are recommending keeping restrictions in place until the end of November while member countries work to increase their vaccination coverage among eligible groups.

Shaina Stacy, PhD, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist, GlobalData

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