The vaccination campaign will start between this date and the 29th, according to the President of the European Commission.
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All states of the European Union will start vaccinations against Covid-19 from December 27th, ie within 10 days.
This Thursday the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyenannounced: “It is time for Europe. Vaccination will begin across the European Union on December 27th, 28th and 29th. Together we protect our citizens ”.
On the other hand, Jens Spahn, The German Health Minister mentioned in a virtual meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel and the managers of the BioNTech laboratory “In Germany we will start when the approval comes as planned, December 27th. The other EU countries want to be able to start from this date. “
As a member of the EU, Germany is obliged to wait for the approval of the vaccine by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
The The EMA expected the meeting scheduled for 29 of its Scientific Committee to approve the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine the following Monday, December 21. In this case the European Commission will agree for marketing in 48 hours, this means Wednesday December 23rd. It is usually a process that takes two months.
Von der Leyen put the planned schedule for the start of vaccinations under the 450 million EU citizens.
“The other countries of the EU they want to be available for from December 27th “commented Spahn before a virtual meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the executives of vaccine manufacturers BioNTech together with Pfizer, the vaccine to be used in the EU.
The beginning of the Vaccination campaigns in the UK and USA had doubled the pressure on the European authorities to help speed up the process BioNTech / Pfizer, Product developed with the large participation of several European researchers, especially in Germany.
After approval of the EMA and Brussels, The next phase will be the distribution of the drug. The Commission signed an agreement with BioNTech for the reserve of 200 million cans with the possibility of buying another 100 million. Brussels has planned the simultaneous distribution of this article with all EU partners in relation to the population and is relying on a coordinated start of vaccination.
Italy mentioned that it will start vaccinating health workers on December 27th. The country is planning an initial order of 1.83 million cans.
The vaccination will also start in Austria on this day Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz via Twitter.
He Ministry of Health Deutsch had already made the appointment December 27th to health workers from the federal states this Wednesday, as Ana Carbajosa reports.
First and foremost there will be 400,000 doses of BioNTech vaccine available in Germany – Pfizer and an approximate of 11 million and 13 million in the first quarter of the year. Priority will be given to senior residences, where infections are common and the mortality rate is high.
He Minister of Health in Spain, Salvador IIIA, did not make an appointment for the start of the vaccination campaign, but he mentioned that he might overtake while the meeting with those responsible for the health of the autonomous communities.
On the other hand, Sonja Kloppenburg, health spokeswoman for the Dutch government, points out that the country will only start vaccinations in January, which excludes the start in December.