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Luxembourg jabbing away, catches up with EU

Luxembourg jabbing away, catches up with EU

by Yannick HANSEN 08.04.2021 From our online archive
Long one of the worst performers, country is now near EU average
A patient is injected a vaccine on April, 7, 2021
A patient is injected a vaccine on April, 7, 2021
Photo credit: AFP

Luxembourg’s vaccination campaign has picked up steam, producing the second highest seven-day rolling average in the EU behind only Hungary, underscoring Prime Minister Xavier Bettel’s assertion there would be a surge in inoculations in April when supply bottlenecks eased.

The Grand Duchy also beat its record in daily vaccinations for a second day running, with 4,376 doses handed out, of which 2,363 were first and 2,013 were second shots, according to figures released by the health ministry.

The country has now administered 18 doses per 100 residents, still one of the lower ranks in the 27-country bloc, but closing in on the EU average of 19 doses, according to Our World in Data. EU leader remains Malta with 50 doses.

The EU's population of 450 million could achieve herd immunity by mid-July,  EU's vaccination czar Thierry Breton told the Le Parisien newspaper on Tuesday.

Vaccinations in Luxembourg rose by 57% last week from a week earlier and 27% from a previous peak reached two weeks ago.

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