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With the EU failing to reach its target of vaccinating 80% of those over 80 in the first quarter of the year, Gianluigi Paragone said Italy would have performed better as an independent nation. Armed with his new Brexit independence, Mr Paragone insisted the EU was no longer fit to lead the deployment of 27 separate countries. In a bold attack on the bloc, the leader of the new Italexit party revealed that the EU had failed its final test as states saw the number of cases rise.

Mr Paragone wrote: “As the UK is on the verge of getting back to normal, the EU remains naked in the face of its failure.

“If Covid, and emergency and recovery management, was the definitive test to show everyone that Europe is good for member states, the test has blatantly failed.

“As Alberto D’Argenio also tells Repubblica, the EU has not achieved any of the targets set for the first quarter of the year.

“It can be deduced that without the EU we probably would have done better by now.”

Such is the low number of vaccinations on the continent, even the World Health Organization has warned that the rollout is “unacceptably slow”.

The EU has set a target of vaccinating the majority of people over the age of 80 by the end of the first quarter of this year, but figures show only five countries have met that target.

For this reason, it remains uncertain whether the Commission will meet its second major goal of vaccinating 70 percent of the adult population by the end of the summer.

In contrast, the UK has given a first dose of the vaccine to 31,581,623 people across the country as the government proceeds with the second step of its lockdown exit strategy.

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“Let me be clear, we need to speed up the process by increasing production, reducing barriers to vaccine administration and using every vial we have in stock now.”

Indeed, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the majority of EU states record vaccination rates per 100 people under the age of 30.

In contrast, the UK records 54.52 vaccine doses per 100 as Britain continues to overtake the EU.

In terms of the doses of vaccine administered among those that EU states have received, many EU states are recording figures below 90% of what they have been given.

In worrying figures, the Netherlands is only using 65.7 percent of all vaccine doses it has – the lowest in the block.

The EU has pledged to speed up its vaccine rollout as issues with the AstraZeneca drug are resolved.

Such were the problems surrounding the vaccine, the EU had threatened to block the export of the drug from the continent.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.


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