EU states required to prepare for common vaccination strategyChristian Fernsby ▼ | October 16, 2020
The member states of the European Union (EU) are now required to prepare for a common vaccination strategy while the arrival of the first safe and effective vaccine is eagerly awaited, the European Commission said on Thursday.
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Assuring the member states of access to coronavirus vaccines "at the same time on the basis of population size," the commission warned that the overall number of vaccine doses will be limited before production can be ramped up.
The commission thus suggested that "unranked priority groups" are to be considered once the vaccines become available, including healthcare and long-term care facility workers, people aged above 60, people who cannot socially distance, and more disadvantaged socio economic groups etc.
Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said: “It is with great concern that I am witnessing the increasingly rapid rise of infection rates all across the EU. Time is running out – everyone's first priority should be to do what it takes to avoid the devastating consequences of generalised lockdowns. And we must all prepare for the next steps.
"The vaccine will not be a silver bullet, but it will play a central role to save lives and contain the pandemic. And when and if a safe and efficient vaccine is found, we need to be prepared to roll it out as quickly as possible, including building citizens' trust in its safety and efficacy. Vaccines will not save lives vaccinations will.”
The commission has so far, on behalf of the EU, signed a number of contracts with potential coronavirus vaccine suppliers, but it remains unknown which vaccine candidate will first be produced and go through the authorization process. ■