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EU green-lights coronavirus vaccine – NYK Day by day

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FILE PHOTO: A lady holds a small bottle labeled with a “Vaccine COVID-19” sticker and a medical syringe on this illustration

The European Union (EU) has authorized the utilization of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in opposition to the novel coronavirus throughout the bloc, hours after the European Medicines Company (EMA) made a optimistic scientific evaluation.

“We authorized the primary protected and efficient vaccine in opposition to Covid-19. Extra vaccines will come quickly. Doses of the vaccine authorized right this moment shall be obtainable for all EU international locations, on the similar time, on the identical situations,” Xinhua information company quoted European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen as saying on Monday night time.

Efforts have been made to allow the supply of the primary doses on December 26 in order that vaccination can begin on December 27, mentioned an EU assertion.

A complete of 200 million doses had been anticipated to be distributed by September 2021, with 100 million extra elective.

Earlier on Monday, EMA chief Emer Cooke confirmed that the optimistic evaluation was backed by sturdy scientific information primarily based on greater than 40,000 medical trials.

The vaccine could be administered to individuals aged over 16.

The evaluation and the next conditional advertising authorization got here as information broke about {that a} new pressure of the coronavirus, which was discovered primarily in Britain, prompted international locations to impose restrictions on flights to and from the UK.

Cooke mentioned there was no proof to counsel that the jab couldn’t work in opposition to this new pressure.

The Amsterdam-based company had initially deliberate to fulfill on December 29 however introduced the assembly ahead as the necessity for a vaccine grew to become extra pressing due to a surge within the variety of instances Europe-wide.

The urgency additionally emerged after each the UK and the US gave their approval to the identical jab weeks in the past.

In line with the World Well being Group, 222 Covid-19 candidate vaccines had been being developed worldwide at the moment, with 56 of them underneath medical trials.

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