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The coronavirus vaccination programme across EU nations has become a highly contentious issue. The bloc has condemned the UK claiming the country is responsible for imposing an “outright ban” on exports of the vaccine impacting the rollout of the vaccine across the EU. The UK Foreign Secretary has strongly denied these accusations, but the numbers between the UK and EU rollout remain very far apart. So how do they compare?
More than 312 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered around the world.
Gibraltar has administered the highest number of doses per 100 people at 129.7 doses.
This is followed by 102.3 and 83.1 per 100 people in Israel and Seychelles.
In Europe, the UK has the second-highest number of doses per 100 people at 35.6 doses.
Across the EU, 49.5 percent of people have received the first dose, while 24.3 percent have received the second dose.
The UK has so far delivered 22,592,528 first doses of the Covid vaccine, with 1,181,431 second doses delivered.
But vaccine uptake has been lagging in many EU countries, despite enough vaccine doses being delivered to them.
A new row has broken out between the EU and UK with the European Commission President Charles Michel claiming the UK has imposed an “outright ban” on the export of vaccines.
Mr Michel made the comments after European leaders came under increasing pressure regarding the slow rollout of Covid vaccines.
In his weekly briefing note, Mr Michel wrote: “Here again, the facts do not lie.
“The United Kingdom and the United States have imposed an outright ban on the export of vaccines or vaccine components produced on their territory.
“But the European Union, the region with the largest vaccine production capacity in the world, has simply put in place a system for controlling the export of doses produced in the EU.”
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said this suggestion is “completely false”.
Writing in response to Mr Michel to “set the record straight”, he said it was a “false claim has been repeated at various levels within the EU and the Commission”.
The letter reads: “The UK government has not blocked the export of a single Covid-19 vaccine or vaccine components.”
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These comments were just the latest in the escalating tensions between the EU and UK regarding vaccinations.
An increasing number of EU leaders are pointing at the Commission to criticise the slow pace of negotiations, the regulation process and the small numbers of orders.
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz reportedly even called the EU vaccine programme a “total s**t show.”
Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also hit back at Britain and critics saying she was “tired” of the Commission being a “scapegoat” for the slow vaccine rollout.
She instead blamed AstraZeneca for having massively under-delivered in the first quarter of 2021.
Brussels journalist Dave Keating tweeted: “I’ve just been told some firm EU vaccine export figures by an EU source. Vaccine doses exported from EU to: UK: 9 million; Canada: 4 million; Mexico: 3 million and United States: 1 million – total: 35 million.
“Vaccine exports to EU from UK, Canada, Mexico and USA: zero”.
How does the UK vaccination progress compare to the EU?
The following number of first and second doses in the UK have been administered in each of these EU countries with data up to :
- Estonia: First dose – 38.8 percent; second dose – 30.2 percent; unknown dose – 31.0 percent
- Lithuania: First dose – 69.5 percent; second dose – 30.5 percent
- Malta: First dose – 69.0 percent; second dose – 31.0 percent
- Denmark: First dose – 69.9 percent; second dose – 29.2 percent
- Greece: First dose – 56.7 percent; second dose – 31.1 percent
- Poland: First dose – 56.1 percent; second dose – 30.9 percent
- Portugal: First dose – 60.2 percent; second dose – 26.4 percent
- Spain: First dose – 58.5 percent; second dose – 26.2 percent
- Belgium: First dose – 50.7 percent; second dose – 31.5 percent
- Austria: First dose – 52.1 percent; second dose – 28.2 percent
- Slovakia: First dose – 54.9 percent; second dose – 23.4 percent
- Croatia: First dose – 58.8 percent; second dose – 18.9 percent
- Cyprus: First dose – 54.2 percent; second dose – 22.6 percent
- Sweden: First dose – 49.1 percent; second dose – 25.5 percent
- Ireland: First dose – 46.7 percent; second dose – 27.2 percent
- Finland: First dose – 60.2 percent; second dose – 13.1 percent
- Latvia: First dose – 53.4 percent; second dose – 19.9 percent
- Slovenia: First dose – 51.2 percent; second dose – 21.6 percent
- Czech Republic: First dose – 46.1 percent; second dose – 26.7 percent
- Romania: First dose – 42.7 percent; second dose – 28.8 percent
- Germany: First dose – 46.6 percent; second dose – 24.0 percent
- France: First dose – 44.6 percent; second dose – 23.8 percent
- Italy: First dose – 46.4 percent; second dose – 21.7 percent
- Netherlands: First dose – 46.7 percent; second dose – 15.4 percent
- Bulgaria: First dose – 50.3 percent; second dose – 10.7 percent
- Luxembourg: First dose – 43.6 percent; second dose – 17.2 percent
- Hungary: First dose – 42.1 percent; second dose – 14.0 percent.
The following percentages of each countries population are yet to be fully vaccinated:
- Estonia: 96.7 percent
- Lithuania: 97 percent
- Malta: 92.8 percent
- Denmark: 96.5 percent
- Greece: 96.6 percent
- Poland: 96.3 percent
- Portugal: 97.2 percent
- Spain: 97.1 percent
- Belgium: 97 percent
- Austria: 100 percent
- Slovakia: 96.7 percent
- Croatia: 98.6 percent
- Cyprus: 100 percent
- Sweden: 97 percent
- Ireland: 96.9 percent
- Finland: 98.5 percent
- Latvia: 99.1 percent
- Slovenia: 97 percent
- Czech Republic: 98.3 percent
- Romania: 96.7 percent
- Germany: 97.1 percent
- France: 97.1 percent
- Italy: 97.3 percent
- Netherlands: 98 percent
- Bulgaria: 99.3 percent
- Luxembourg: 97.7 percent
- Hungary: 96.9 percent.
According to the Office for National Statistics, the estimated population total in the UK for mid-2019 was 66,796,800.
This means an estimated 66.2 percent of the entire British population have yet to be vaccinated.
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