OREANDA-NEWS. EU countries are seven weeks behind the approved coronavirus vaccination calendar, compared to five weeks in February. The departure from the schedule could cost the EU economy 123 billion euros by the end of 2021, according to the insurance company «Euler Hermes».

By the end of the summer, 70% of the population in the EU should have been vaccinated. To reach this target, vaccination must be accelerated. Delays in the delivery of the vaccine from «AstraZeneca» will not allow it to be accelerated, the newspaper «Le Figaro» writes.

According to the publication, France is also seven weeks behind the vaccination schedule, and each week of delay can cost the country's economy 3 billion euros. The difficulties with vaccination will be discussed at the summit on Thursday, March 25, by the heads of state and government of the EU countries. It is expected that measures to increase the production of vaccines and accelerate the vaccination of the population will be discussed.

Earlier Angela Merkel Said, that the Coronavirus Can Cause Hospitalization Not Only for the Elderly, but Also for Middle-Aged People.