A spring outbreak in Covid-19 cases is beginning to recede in Europe as the continent’s vaccine rollout is finally gaining momentum, raising hopes of a broad reopening of the region’s economy before the summer.
Unlike the United States, Britain or Israel, which brought coronavirus somewhat under control earlier this year, thanks to an early and rapid rollout of the vaccine, continental Europe faced a late-winter rebound in infections as governments struggled to get shots. on people.
This is changing rapidly as increasing vaccine deliveries to EU Member States and the removal of bureaucratic and logistical barriers that early rubberized efforts are rapidly expanding access to vaccines.
Meanwhile, closures, curfews and other restrictions imposed in March and April are beginning to push down the number of cases, raising the prospect of companies returning to normalcy ahead of the summer tourist season, which is crucial to the region̵
On 2 May, EU member states had administered 33.6 vaccine doses per day. 100 inhabitants, according to data collected by Oxford University – less than half the level in the UK and US, but a big jump compared to just a month ago and far more than in most new and developing economies.