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Bulgaria: From bottom of the class to top performer

In late 2021, the European Commission warned that low vaccination coverage in Bulgaria "threatened the entire EU". At the time, Bulgaria's vaccination coverage was the lowest in all of Europe. Many Bulgarians did not trust the Corona "vaccine".

Published: February 16, 2023, 8:32 am

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    Dutch broadcaster NOS called Bulgaria the EU’s ‘Corona problem child’. Europe’s “wall of protection” contained a number of weaknesses, with vaccination coverage lagging behind in Eastern Europe in particular, NOS complained. The laggard was Bulgaria, where only 22.7 percent of residents were fully vaccinated against the lab-confection virus.

    In Bulgaria, the authorities were very reluctant to institute new Corona rules. The measures that were in place, such as a requirement for masks in shops, were not followed up or enforced.

    Only European country with normal mortality rate

    There was also a lively trade in fake vaccination certificates in Bulgaria in order for Bulgarians to travel again. Thus, vaccination coverage in the country was possibly even lower than the official figure.

    Dutch epidemiologists were concerned about the Corona approach in Bulgaria. Currently, 30 percent of Bulgarians are “fully vaccinated” and only 11 percent are “boosted”.

    And while Western Europe is struggling with excess mortality, Bulgaria is actually under the mortality curve, although long maligned because their “vaccination coverage” was so low.

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