Central and Eastern Europe pays price for slow coronavirus vaccination

While Western Europe celebrates the results of successful vaccination campaigns, a very different picture is emerging in Central and Eastern Europe as a wave of coronavirus cases and deaths threatens to overwhelm already overstretched health systems.

A summer of sluggish vaccination, the relaxation of most restrictions and, in some countries, political upheaval have created a perfect storm for the highly infectious Delta variant. And unlike in previous waves, there is no appetite for further restrictions, leading some experts to warn that some countries are headed for Lombardy-like scenes. 



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