First entry: Wednesday, 16 December 2020, 11:07
The announcement that the 27 countries of the European Union will be able to “start the same day” the vaccination campaigns against COVID-19 once the green light of the European regulatory authority for the vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech is given European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made the remarks today.
“Finally, within a week, the first vaccine will be approved. “Vaccinations will be able to start immediately. It is a huge undertaking,” said the President of the Commission. of the European Parliament.
“So let’s start this vaccination campaign as soon as possible, all 27 of us, starting on the same day,” he added.
It is noted that next Monday, December 21, the European Medicines Agency (Coreper) will meet to approve the release of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine.
As Mrs. Von der Leyen, in a post on Twitter, “it is possible that the first Europeans will be vaccinated before the end of 2020”.
The meeting of the Agency was originally scheduled for December 29, but the receipt of further scientific data and pressure from Germany led to its acceleration.
In particular, Germany has in recent times put pressure on the European Union’s competent supervisory body to speed up the vaccination authorization process, at a time when Britain, the United States and Canada have already begun immunizing.
The services of Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Health Minister have pressed the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the EU for the vaccine of the US pharmaceutical industry Pfizer and the German biotechnology laboratory BionNTech to be licensed for emergency use. and not until December 29th.
Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 December 2020, 11:15