The first European residents could possibly be vaccinated by the tip of 2020, European fee President Ursula von der Leyen informed MEPs on Wednesday throughout their plenary session in Brussels, including that there’s lastly “light at the end of the tunnel.”
“What counts is vaccinations. Member states must get ready now. We’re talking about millions of syringes, we’re talking about cold chains, we’re talking about organising vaccination centres, we’re talking about trained personnel that is there. You name it. All this has to be prepared,” von der Leyen stated.
In a Twitter put up, the pinnacle of the Commission additionally urged member-states to start out getting ready for vaccinations, which she labelled as Europe’s “ticket out” of the Coronavirus pandemic.
There is mild on the finish of the tunnel.
The @EU_Commission has secured contracts with 6 vaccines corporations.
The 1st 🇪🇺residents may already be vaccinated earlier than the tip of December.
Member states should prepare now for vaccinations. This is our ticket out of this pandemic.
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) November 25, 2020
On Wednesday, the EU Executive arm introduced it had secured a cope with US biotech agency Moderna for as much as 160 million doses of its Coronavirus vaccine. It was the sixth contract the EU added to its vaccine portfolio, because it has already agreed with US pharmaceutical Pfizer and its German associate BioNTech, with British drugmaker AstraZeneca and University of Oxford, Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson.
The security and effectiveness of the vaccine jab will likely be assessed by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), with the Commission President stressing that “transparency here is crucial and of utmost importance.”
While one of many Commission’s priorities is securing vaccines for its residents, one other precedence is “to make sure that everyone has access to the vaccines, everywhere in the world,” von der Leyen stated, while saying the deal.