EU member states need to get their vaccination programmes moving at top speed if they are to avert a new wave of Covid-19 infections in the autumn. That’s the view of Dr. Andrea Ammon, head of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Dr. Ammon tells FRANCE 24 that vaccinations are progressing “steadily”, with “progress every day”. However, with around 46 percent of EU citizens having received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, she says “it’s still not enough of the population”.
Meanwhile, after the EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly spoke out earlier this year about the ECDC’s limited power and resources, Dr. Ammon responds that “it is indeed the case that we have been struggling to meet all the expectations and demands that were imposed on us in the last one and a half years”.
Produced by Isabelle Romero, Perrine Desplats, Mathilde Bénézet and Céline Schmitt
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