European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen announced on Thursday that vaccinations against Covid-19 will start on December 27, 28 and 29 throughout all EU countries.
A senior EU official said on Wednesday the bloc could give its final approval for the vaccine, developed by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech, on Dec 23.
It's Europe's moment.
On 27, 28 and 29 December vaccination will start across the EU.
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) December 17, 2020
In Britain, around 140,000 people have already received the shots, BioNTech Chief Medical Officer Oezlem Tuereci said at Thursday’s online event.
According to Spahn, the vaccine should become available to all 27 EU member states at the same time, regardless of their financial strength, thanks to negotiations led by the European Commission that he said were an “important signal of European solidarity”.