Europe is “fortified” with a new lockdown and is anxiously awaiting the vaccine

Something to moan about hindrance, something to restore it universal lockdown in most European countries they bring more near the vaccine in the Old Continent. The president of the European stated that his decision European Medicines Agency EMA to speed up possible approval of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for 21 December, may allow the first Europeans to be vaccinated already before the end of 2020. “It is possible that the first Europeans will be vaccinated before the end of 2020”, the Commission wrote on Twitter Ursula von der Leyen following the announcement of the decision of the European Agency.

The meeting was originally scheduled for December 27, while the green light would be given until December 29 for the Pfizer vaccine and until the beginning of January for Moderna. The shooting of the cases recorded throughout the Old Epirus caused the discomfort of the chancellor as well. Angela Merkel, which implied “delay”. An inconvenience which was made public.

It was no coincidence that a report in the German newspaper Bild claimed that the Pfizer vaccine would be approved by the European Medicines Agency “before Christmas”. At the same wavelength and o German Minister of Health Jens Spann, who said his country was counting on the approval of the Pfizer vaccine for the European Union “before Christmas”.

It is worth recalling that the European Commission works closely with pharmaceutical companies and with European Medicines Agency to have a safe and effective vaccine available as soon as possible. So far it has secured deals with six companies developing promising vaccines and agreements may be concluded with others.

Despite the struggle for an available vaccine as soon as possible, a large percentage of Europeans appear reluctant to be vaccinated. The only sure thing is that the sooner vaccines are available, the sooner European markets will begin to recover. But only a safe and effective vaccine can offer such a breath of fresh air, especially considering that Europe has made a erratic retreat in the face of the coronavirus.

Most governments have already announced tightening of measures to avoid scattering at Christmas. An alarm has been sounded in the Netherlands, with cases exceeding 10,000 a day. The same climate in England, Germany, Italy and Belgium.

Moreover, despite several weeks after the application of restrictive measures, mild or more severe, the pandemic is still raging in Europe. Now, the scientific community claims that only with mass vaccination will the planet return to some kind of normalcy, which of course will not begin to recover until the Spring of 2021.

Strict lockdown in Germany

In general, a strict lockdown takes effect from today and at least until January 10 throughout Germany, after the failure of the “partial lockdown” implemented from November 2 to stop the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. For two “very hard” months, in January and February, Chancellor Angela Merkel warned.

A few days before Christmas, the retail stores, which were open until now, suspend their operation, with the exception of those that sell “absolutely necessary” items: pharmacies, supermarkets, newsstands and postal services, grocery stores and animal care, as well as seasonal shops. As of today, hairdressers, beauty salons, tattoo studios are also closing, while the catering companies, which operate only to deliver packaged food, the places of entertainment, culture and sports, remain closed from the beginning of November anyway. Private clinics, work-speech- and physiotherapy and podiatry centers remain in operation. As of today, the consumption of alcohol in a public place is still prohibited, a measure that at this time mainly concerns the mulled wine available in the traditional open-air Christmas markets, which will remain closed. Exceptions will be some markets that have chosen to operate with a “drive-through” system.

Schools, which would normally close on December 21st or 23rd, are closing as of today, with the state urging students to stay home as long as possible before meeting relatives or friends during the holidays. At these gatherings, however, up to five people are allowed to meet, excluding children under the age of 14. The planned easing of restrictions for the period December 23rd – January 2nd has certainly been canceled. The churches will be able to function during the holidays, but only to the extent that it is possible to observe the minimum distance of 1.5 meters between the faithful, and always with the use of a protective mask.

For New Year’s Eve, it has already been announced that gatherings are prohibited, while the sale of sparklers has been suspended. Although, according to a report in the newspaper Bild, many Germans rushed to get them from neighboring Poland.

Yesterday, on the last day of the market, in many parts of Germany, queues formed in the shops, from consumers who wanted to make last minute purchases.

Queues in Germany


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