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As vaccine efforts in the European Union finally appear to be picking up pace, France is struggling to contain a third Covid-19 wave, but announced it had hit its 10 million inoculations target a week earlier than expected, while Germany doubled the number of vaccinations, administering a record 720,000 doses on Thursday after the rollout was extended to family doctors.

Across the border, German health minister Jens Spahn said the country was heading towards giving 3.5 million vaccinations a week by the start of May, aiming to cover the population by the end of summer.

French health minister Olivier Véran said the country had delivered a record 510,000 vaccinations on Friday after opening the first of 40 mass vaccine centres across the country, including at the Stade de France stadium.




A Covid-19 vaccination centre in the French southeastern city of Nice on April 9.

A Covid-19 vaccination centre in the French southeastern city of Nice on April 9. Photograph: Valéry Hache/AFP/Getty Images

The good news has been tempered, however, by AstraZeneca’s announcement of further delays to vaccine deliveries.

The Anglo-Swedish company warned the EU, Iceland and Norway it would be delivering only half the 2.6 million doses promised for the coming week due to production problems.

The EU has said it is looking to acquire a further 1.8 billion doses of what it called “second generation” vaccines to inoculate the continent’s children and adolescents and combat emerging coronavirus variants. The contract will be for 900 million doses with an option on a further 900 million to be used in 2022 and 2023.




People line up outside a vaccination centre in Berlin on Thursday. Many of them had arrived there in taxis, paid for by the state.

People line up outside a vaccination centre in Berlin on Thursday. Many of them had arrived there in taxis, paid for by the state. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images















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