European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stated Wednesday the very first European taxpayers may be vaccinated before the end of December.
In a speech to the European Parliament, she stated there’s finally light at the end of the tube, and EU member states should begin preparing to distribute vaccines.
“What’s vaccinations. Member states must prepare today. We are talking about millions of syringes, we are discussing cold chains, we are speaking about equipping vaccination centers, we are discussing trained employees that are there. All this must be ready.”
The EU signed a deal with Moderna on Wednesday to procure 160 million doses of the US biotech firm’s vaccine that was discovered to be 94.5% capable of protecting against COVID-19.
Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Oxford-AstraZeneca are submitting info out of their vaccine trials on a rolling basis to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the body responsible for approving vaccines from the EU.
EMA manager Emer Cooke stated on Wednesday she was”very optimistic” the entire body would have the ability to approve all coronavirus vaccines looking for a green light before Christmas.
Talking to RTE radio, she reassured that”all going well, we’d be quite optimistic that we might have a positive view before Christmas.”
Drugmakers have stated they’d have the ability to send doses of the shots in hours of getting approval from regulators.
While vaccines have given hope that the close of the pandemic might be in sight, hospitals around Europe are still strained from the coronavirus and for many countries, infection rates are much too large to return to regular life.
Ursula von der Leyen called on EU leaders to not loosen restrictive steps too fast on Wednesday, saying that they risk repeating background.
“We have to learn from the summertime and not repeat the very same mistakes. Relaxing too quickly and too much is a danger of the wave following Christmas. For weeks past I’ve said this Christmas is going to be different. And yes, it’ll be quieter,” she explained.
The remarks were made amid claims from European leaders whose steps will probably be relaxed during the Christmas period. France, Ireland, and the UK have announced plans to loosen restrictions in the lead-up to Christmas — such as letting people visit family and friends over the festive period.
“We shouldn’t relax too much since there’s a fantastic danger of a resurgence of this pandemic.”
“We need to locate a challenging equilibrium between sanitary requirements as well as the psychological wellbeing of citizens, and of course the market and societal disasters created by the lockdowns,” she explained.
The European Commission has pushed to the EU to have a coordinated response to the pandemic, although Trillet-Lenoir wants that was possible, she has her doubts that the bloc is effective at accomplishing so.
“I feel that the ideal thing is to get homogeneous recommendations but that might require EU health competencies which we don’t have. There’s an improvement in how authorities talk to one another, swap practices, and the way they attempt to coordinate coverage, but we’re far from that,” she contended.