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Is vaccination expected to start in 2020? Germany urges the European Union to speed up vaccine approval

Is vaccination expected to start in 2020? Germany urges the European Union to speed up vaccine approval

December 16 According to a report quoted by the European Union News Agency by the European Network, the German government recently expressed dissatisfaction with the slow approval process of vaccines developed by the European Drug Administration (EMA) in cooperation with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and German Biotechnology Company, and urged the European Union to speed up the approval of vaccines.

German health minister Spán said he hoped that the European Drug Administration would speed up the review of data on the coronavirus vaccine. Spahn is optimistic that Pfizer vaccine can be authorized by the European Union for emergency use next week.

Photo: On December 14, local time, Stefani, a nurse at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York, was vaccinated against the novel coronavirus. On the same day, Pfizer’s first batch of nearly 3 million doses of coronavirus vaccine arrived all over the United States. Photo by Liao Pan, reporter of China News Service

Meanwhile, European Commission President von der Leyen said on December 15 that the European Union region is expected to start vaccinated against the novel coronavirus in 2020. The European Drug Administration has accelerated the process of approval of vaccines, and it is expected that the Pfizer vaccine emergency use authorization can be approved before Christmas.

In accordance with the European Commission’s commitment to the approval schedule of the coronavirus vaccine, the German Ministry of Health said that Germany plans to start the coronavirus vaccination on December 26, 2020.

In order to prevent and control the epidemic, German Chancellor Merkel previously made a resolution to upgrade the current “partial lockdown” to a “hard lockdown” from December 16, 2020 to January 10, 2021.

On the other hand, Italian Prime Minister Conte reiterated that not only will the epidemic prevention and control be relaxed during Christmas and the New Year, but also take further restrictions, saying that he would do everything to consolidate the achievements of the epidemic and exchange short-term efforts for permanent security.

Conte said that the government has drawn up a Christmas and New Year epidemic prevention plan based on the advice of experts from the National Science Commission.

He once again appealed to the public not to receive relatives and friends who do not live together at home during the festival, and to strive to avoid risks to relatives, and urged the people to abide by the epidemic prevention rules, conscientiously fulfill their epidemic prevention responsibilities and obligations, and actively participate in the vaccination of the novel coronavirus.

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