The lack of vaccination in the rest of the world is far more important now than a few % points between European states but for those interested, Spain has now overtaken the UK on % of population fully vaccinated. Has best performance of 50 largest countries by population.
One of the reasons for that is that Spain already opens its vaccination programme to 16-17 year olds. They're planning to open to other teenagers before school resumes in September. Mirrors approach in several other European states- UK sticking with 18+
Assuming that continues to be the case and given so many others European states are doing the under 18s, over time is likely the UK will continue to slip down the table.
But, as I say- this isn’t the disparity which matters most.

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