According to data released Saturday, The European Union has vaccinated more citizens against COVID-19 with a single dose than the United States.
55.7% of EU citizens have received a dose of a vaccine against Covid compared to 55.5% of Americans. French Deputy Minister for European Affairs Clément Beaune posted the figures on Twitter on Saturday, expressing happiness for the achievement.
#Vaccin | The European Union has previously vaccinated a large proportion of its population at the highest dose of the United States (🇪🇺 55.5% / 🇺🇸 55.4%). On continue, on accelerator! 💪🏻 # COVID19 pic.twitter.com/ldhdijgVJa
– Clement Beaune (@CBeaune) July 17, 2021
The new data comes after the 27-nation bloc has been criticized for months for its slow vaccination campaign.
But the US is one step ahead of the EU when it comes to full vaccination, with 48.1% and 42.5% of their population vaccinated with both doses respectively.