EU looking to summer with optimism as vaccinations pick up speed

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FILE PHOTO: COVID-19 vaccination centre in Naples

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union commissioner for health said on Thursday she was looking towards the summer with optimism as COVID-19 vaccinations in the bloc picked up speed.

"Over 20 million vaccinations are taking place every week in the EU, compared to a few hundred thousand per week in January," Stella Kyriakides told a news conference after a video conference of EU health ministers.

"We can now look ahead with more confidence and also look towards the summer with cautious optimism," she added, noting that 40% of the EU's adult population had received at least one dose of vaccine, and 17% was fully vaccinated.

(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; Editing by Jan Harvey)

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