The European Union is catching up with Britain on coronavirus vaccinations, Ursula von der Leyen said as she called the British strategy of delaying the second dose too risky. The European Commission president responded to criticism that the EU vaccination rollout was too slow by pointing out that 130 countries in the world had had no jabs at all. Mrs von der Leyen said more than twice the number of Italians than Britons had had both jabs, and the EU as a whole had given out more first doses. "We're catching up. Britain has administered 17 million first doses. There are 27 million in the EU. In Italy, with a population similar to that of Great Britain, twice as many citizens received full vaccination protection with the second dose as in the UK," she said. She told the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper: "I think it's risky to simply postpone the second vaccination. We should adhere to the specifications that the manufacturers determined in their extensive clinical tests." In the UK, 27.47 doses per 100 people have been administered compared to just 6.12 across the EU. In France, 5.7 jabs per 100 people have been given, with the figure 6.1 in Germany.