The first citizens of the European Union can be vaccinated against coronavirus by the end of December this year, said the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, speaking at the plenary session of the European Parliament.
“The first citizens of the Union can be vaccinated before the end of December, and this is the light at the end of the tunnel,” she said.
She recalled that the European Commission has already secured six contracts with vaccine development companies to supply the drug to the EU when ready, pass the necessary checks, and receive permits. Some of these vaccines can be transferred to third countries. More than 2 billion doses of vaccines were contracted for the EU population of about 500 million people.
Last week, the European Commission head expressed hope that the coronavirus vaccines of the German company BioNTech and the American Moderna can be registered in the European Union as early as mid-December this year. The EC has already agreed with these vaccine manufacturers on the possibility of supplying their products to the EU after passing the necessary checks.