European Union countries can begin coronavirus vaccination as early as this year, the head of the European Commission said on Tuesday.
This followed the decision of the European Medicines Agency to present its possible approval of the Pfizer / BioNTech coronavirus vaccine by 21 December.
“The first Europeans are likely to be vaccinated before the end of 2020,” Ursula von der Leyen wrote on Twitter following a decision by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to hold an extra meeting on the Pfizer vaccine on December 21 before a previously scheduled meeting on December 29. December.
Following possible approval by the EU regulator, the European Commission is expected to formally approve the Pfizer vaccine within three days of consultation with the 27 EU governments.
The Commission’s decision on the authorization of medicinal products usually follows the recommendations of the EMA. The Commission’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine is considered a formality if the EMA makes a positive recommendation.
EU countries can start vaccinating immediately after formal approval by the European Commission.