By Jennifer Leighfield • 17 December 2020 • 14:24
VACCINATION against Covid-19 will start on December 27, the same time as the rest of the EU.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has announced that vaccination throughout the EU will start on December 27, 28 and 29. “It’s Europe’s moment” she posted on Twitter, “We protect our citizens together”.
This week, the President had said that vaccination should be started as soon as possible, with Europe acting as one against the pandemic.
She also suggested that to put an end to the pandemic, 70 per cent of the population needs to be vaccinated.
Commercialization of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine could be authorized from December 23.
This week, the Spanish Health Minister, Salvador Illa, said that the government and the autonomous regions wanted to reach an agreement with Europe so that vaccination can start at the same time as other countries.
He highlighted that safety would be of utmost importance and only vaccines which are safe and within EU legislation would be permitted.
The European Commission also announced today, Thursday, December 17, that an agreement could be reached with Novavax for the purchase of up to 200 million doses of the Sars-CoV-2 vaccination. This is just one of an ample selection of vaccines which the Commission has made sure it has put in place so there are enough to vaccinate more than double the 447 million residents of the EU. Other agreements have already been made with Pfizer-BionTech, Astrazeneca-Oxford, Johnson & Johnson, CureVac and Moderna.
So far, only Pfizer-BionTech and Moderna have requested that the European Medicine’s Agency approve their prototypes and their results will be published from December 21.
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Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics.
Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.
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