All EU Countries Start Vaccination “on the Same Day”
The 27 EU states will be able to “start the same day” their anti-COVID vaccination campaigns, after the notification of the green light from the European regulator to the vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, announced Wednesday the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
“Finally, within a week, the first vaccine will be authorized, vaccinations can begin immediately (…) It is an immense task”, affirmed the German leader in front of the European Parliament in Brussels.
“So let’s start these vaccinations as soon as possible, all together at twenty-seven, with a start on the same day”, she added during a plenary session – largely by videoconference – of MEPs.
Under pressure from Germany, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced on Tuesday that it would look at the fate of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on December 21 – a week earlier than expected.
After examining the regulator’s opinion and consulting the Member States (a process likely to take a few days), the European Commission will be able to issue its conditional marketing authorization in the EU around Christmas.
“In total, we bought more doses (of vaccines) than needed for everyone in Europe” via contracts with various laboratories in order to constitute “a diversified portfolio” of vaccines in development, a recalled Ursula von der Leyen.
“In the same way that we have gone through this pandemic in unity, let us undertake together and all united the eradication of this horrible virus”, urged the head of the European executive.
French President Emmanuel Macron had already indicated on Tuesday that the COVID-19 vaccination campaign would be launched on the same day in all EU countries, according to comments reported by group leaders of the National Assembly
His entourage had confirmed these words, specifying that there was not yet a fixed date.
The vaccine jointly developed by American laboratories Pfizer and German BioNTech is the first to have been approved in a number of Western countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States – where the first injections took place in recent days – but also in many other states such as Mexico and Saudi Arabia.
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