The European Union will start vaccination against the coronavirus from Sunday 27 December, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced Monday.

“We approved the first safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19. More vaccines will come soon. Doses of the vaccine approved today will be available for all EU countries, at the same time, on the same conditions,” she said in an online press statement.

She said the COVID 19 vaccine developed by BioNTech and Pfizer is the first COVID-19 vaccine authorized in the EU. The European Commission, the EU Member States and the company are now working towards the delivery of the first doses on 26 December, so that the EU vaccination days can start on 27 – 28 – 29 December, she noted.

Deliveries will continue in December and on a steady weekly basis during the following months. Distribution of the full 200 million doses is scheduled to be completed by September 2021. The Commission and the EU Member States are working to activate the additional 100 million doses.


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