European Commission President von der Leyen said on the 15th that Europe is going through a very difficult time.
In many EU member states, the COVID-19 situation is extremely serious, especially after the Christmas holiday, and the number of new cases has increased significantly.
At a press conference held on the same day with Portuguese Prime Minister Costa, the European Union’s rotating presidency, von der Leyen pointed out that one of the EU’s top priorities in the coming months is to promote the coronavirus vaccination process.” In the current difficult situation, vaccination has become the light at the end of the tunnel.
The European Commission has been working tirelessly to ensure that sufficient doses of the most reliable vaccine supply are obtained.
With the launch of the first two vaccines we ordered, we can now vaccinate more than 80% of the EU population. Just early this week, AstraZeneca, a third vaccine company, had submitted an application for listing to the European Drug Administration. Once approved, the three products add up to a billion doses of vaccine.” Von der Leyen said.
Von der Leyen also said that he would fully support Portugal’s presidency as the EU.
In addition to advancing vaccination, the EU’s other major goal is to seek to distribute recovery funds to EU member states before Portugal’s presidency ends to promote economic recovery.