The European Medicines Agency (EMA) meets this Monday, December 21, to approve the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine. The meeting comes amid the crisis of the new strain of the virus in the United Kingdom. It is assumed that the agency will approve the vaccine that is already being distributed in the US and also in the UK itself.
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 Moderna's vaccine remains on January 12.
The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, announced Friday at a press conference that vaccination will begin in Spain on Sunday, December 27. On that date, the sectors chosen for this first phase will begin: social health 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 by 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 of the morning. We do not want to wait any longer. It is the beginning of the end and we want it to start as soon as possible. If Europe has agreed that the vaccination begins in a coordinated way , in Spain we are going to start the first possible day ", Illa assured.
The Health Minister stated 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 "an equitable distribution". In addition, he explained that "weekly we will receive doses."
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