A tourist shows his EU digital Covid certificate as he waits to enter the Ancient Colosseum in central Rome on August 6, 2021, as Italy made the Green Pass, which is an extension of the EU's digital Covid certificate, required from today to enter cinemas, museums and indoor sports venues, or eat indoors at restaurants. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

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The European Union has achieved its first goal of mass vaccination against coronavirus, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced today.

"Seventy percent of adults in the EU are now fully vaccinated, amounting to just over 250 million people," von der Leyen said in a short video statement, announcing this "great achievement."

The President of the European Commission emphasised that the pandemic is not over and that everyone must remain vigilant, and called on all Europeans to be vaccinated as soon as possible "in order to avoid a new wave of infections and stop the appearance of new variants", reports DPA.

The EU should also help other countries achieve the highest possible vaccination rate, she added, "because we will only win this pandemic if we beat it in every corner of the world."

The EU vaccination campaign began in the last days of 2020, and the commission's goal was to vaccinate 70 percent of the population over the age of 18 by the end of September.

Source: ANI / FENA