Greece’s health minister said on Tuesday he expected to get the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines by December, because of an arrangement between the EU and the pharmaceutical sector.
“If all goes well, Greece will get its projected share in seven shipments […]We shall begin in December using 700,000 doses”, Minister of Health Vassilis Kikilias advised SKAI TV.
Deliveries will operate from December to June, he added.
The European Commission announced on Friday that it had reached a deal with the pharmaceutical group AstraZeneca. The deal will make it possible for the EU” to obtain a possible vaccine against COVID-19,” and contribute it to non and middle-income nations or to divert it towards other European nations”.
The Commission reported that”after the vaccine turns out to be safe and successful” it’ll buy 300 million doses of it, using an”option to buy 100 million more”.
Cases in Greece have dropped recently
Greece has a comparatively low COVID-19 disease and death rate in contrast to other EU nations, but the spread of this coronavirus has skyrocketed lately.
The nation has listed over 7,200 instances in total, including some 2,800 in August alone. 230 people have died from COVID-19 in Greece.
Police say that the spike in cases is because of non-compliance with distancing principles in restaurants, pubs, and public parties.
Civil protection has arranged every closure of nightclubs and restaurants in over a dozen areas, including a number of the nation’s top tourist places.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has cautioned that”more radical steps, which will have economic shocks”, will be set in place in the event the spread of this virus persists.