EU Announces the Kick-off for Coronavirus Vaccination in Europe

The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, confirms that before the end of the year, the countries of the European Union will start the campaign.

Advances in the vaccination program against the coronavirus in Europe continue unabated. A few days ago, the Spanish Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, announced that vaccination in the country would begin on January 4 or 5. Some dates that will be brought forward, as confirmed by the president of the European Union Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

"This is the time for Europe. On December 27, 28, and 29, vaccination will begin throughout the European Union. We protect our citizens. Together we are stronger." This is how von der Leyen has communicated the agreement with the 27 countries of the EU and the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Although it has not been confirmed, it will be the one developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, the most advanced at the moment and the one they are already using in countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States. After this news, the EMA should confirm its approval to start the vaccination in the next few days. On December 21, the Committee for Human Medicines (CHMP) will meet to evaluate the vaccine.

Germany Anticipated the Announcement

Minutes before the news was confirmed, German Health Minister Jens Spahn advanced the bomb. "If the approval comes as planned, in Germany, we will start vaccinating on December 27. The rest of the EU countries want to start on December 27 as well."

Spahn's words came moments before meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the CEOs of the BioNTech company, Pfizer's partner, in developing the vaccine.