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Von der Leyen: Quarter of Residents Receive 1st Shot

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FILE - In this March 17, 2021, file photo, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gestures after participating in a media conference on the Commissions response to COVID-19 at EU headquarters in Brussels. (John Thys, Pool via AP, File)

BRUSSELS — The president of the European Union’s executive arm says a quarter of all EU residents have now received a first dose of coronavirus vaccine.

After a slow start to its vaccination campaign, the European Union has sped up the pace of immunization as vaccine supplies in the 27-nation region increased in recent weeks.

“Vaccination is gaining speed across the EU: we have just passed 150 million vaccinations,” Ursula von der Leyen said in a message posted on Twitter. “A quarter of all Europeans have had their first dose. We’ll have enough doses for vaccinating 70% of EU adults in July.”