How all 24 Euro 2020 countries have fared with COVID-19 and vaccines
Euro 2020 is among the first major global sporting events to take place in the waning days of the pandemic, providing a chance to explore how 24 different countries have responded to COVID-19.
Why it matters: Though 11 countries share hosting duties, the tournament offers a preview of next month's Olympics, when athletes from over 200 countries will descend on Tokyo.
- Three of 24 participating nations have administered over 100 vaccines per 100 people (the number can exceed 100 because of two-dose vaccinations), and they're all in the U.K. (Wales, Scotland, England).
- Spain nearly saw its Euro chances blow up at the 11th hour, when captain Sergio Busquets tested positive, forcing coach Luis Enrique to assemble a backup squad on the fly in case of an outbreak (they weren't ultimately needed).
- Russia and Ukraine's low vaccination rates can be largely explained by the vestige of Soviet distrust in vaccines, which persists today.