The European Commission authorized the use of Pfizer's vaccine on Monday. The pronouncement occurs after aa European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech after completing its evaluation of the safety and efficacy data. This was announced by the executive director of the EMA, Emer Cooke, at the press conference after the meeting they had this Monday, December 21, which takes place in the midst of the crisis of the new strain of the virus in the United Kingdom. The vaccine is already being distributed in the US and the UK.
After this, the European Comission has granted Pfizer a conditional marketing license, an authorization that requires special vigilance. A procedure whose bureaucracy usually takes 67 days. However, Brussels will authorize the BioNTech and Pfizer vaccine this afternoon.
The EMA advanced the meeting on December 15, which was scheduled for the 29 of this month. It has thus yielded to pressure from countries like Germany, which want to have a vaccine before Christmas. The planned authorization for the vaccine Modern is still on January 12.
The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, announced Friday at a press conference that the Vaccination will begin in Spain on Sunday, December 27. On that date, the sectors chosen for this first phase will begin: socio-sanitary personnel, people who live in residences and also those with disabilities. In addition, he anticipated that "between the months of May and June some 20 million Spaniards will have already received the vaccine"; and that at the end of August the entire population will be practically immunized.
"The doses (of the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech) are going to arrive on the 26th or 27th in the morning. We don't want to wait any longer. beginning of the end and we want it to start as soon as possible. If Europe has agreed that vaccination begins in a coordinated manner, in Spain we will start the first possible day, "Illa assured.
The Health Minister affirmed that he is waiting for the European authorities to confirm the number of doses that Spain will receive, but has assured that it will be "a equitable sharing"Furthermore, he explained that"weekly we will receive doses".
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