Last week, Hungary began the inoculation of school teachers and pregnant women, and due a record number of vaccinations on Friday, the country now leads the European Union, daily Magyar Nemzet reports.
According to data available on the website of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Hungary, 21.6 percent of the population received at least the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while the second dose was given to 6.6 percent of the adult population.
In second place is Malta (21.5 receiving a first dose and 9.5 percent receiving a second dose) with a population of just over half a million, followed by Finland (17.5 and 2 percent) and Estonia (16.5 percent and 5.4 percent) in third.
The fact that Hungary set a record on Friday may have contributed to the overtaking, as most vaccines have been given on this day since the start of the vaccination program: a total of 139,700 people received vaccinations.
Incidentally, at the bottom are Bulgaria and Latvia, where 6 percent and 5.4 percent of the adult population received their first vaccination, respectively.
The ECDC estimates that 12.3 percent of the European Union’s population received at least the first dose of a vaccine by Sunday.
“The left’s anti-vaccination campaign amounts to nothing. The Hungarian government made a good decision when it procured Russian and Chinese vaccines in addition to Western ones,” Hungarian MEP Balázs Hidvéghi commented on the latest data.
Title image: Inoculation in Hungary. (MTI/János Vajda)