The first corona vaccine may be on the European market next Wednesday. If the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approves the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Monday, the European Commission will allow it within two days, a spokesman said.
Earlier, the executive committee of the European Union mentioned a term of three days. But an employee of the committee spoke to news site Politico of “a few hours”.
Usually, the committee can take more than two months to decide on admission to the EU market.
The EU member states themselves decide when they start vaccinating. “To end the pandemic, up to 70 percent of the population must be vaccinated,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said earlier today in the European Parliament is a huge job.
Let’s start quickly, together, with 27, on the same day. “
Concerns have been raised about this call, as some Member States would not be ready for this and that could be delayed. Starting as soon as possible is paramount, says a committee spokesperson. But “in this early stage, a concerted approach is important”.