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Coronavirus: EU to speed approval of variant-modified vaccines

Source : 112 Ukraine

Kyriakides also reiterated the Commission view that closing borders was not an effective weapon against infection
11:04, 14 February 2021

AP

The European Union will accelerate the approvals of coronavirus vaccines adapted to combat mutations. This was stated by the bloc’s Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides in an interview with Augsburger Allgemeine, Reuters reports.

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“We have now decided that a vaccine that has been improved by the manufacturer on the basis of the previous vaccine to combat new mutations no longer has to go through the entire approval process. So it will be faster to have suitable vaccines available without compromising on safety,” she said.

While vaccinations in the first quarter of 2021 have started slowly, the second quarter would see a pick-up and by the end of September the EU expects to have received sufficient doses from licenced producers to cover over 70% of its population, Kyriakides said.

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She also reiterated the Commission view that closing borders was not an effective weapon against infections.

“I think it is wrong for us to return to a Europe with closed borders, as in March 2020,” Health Commissioner noted.

Meanwhile, Ukraine is unlikely to receive a Covid-19 vaccine from the Pfizer next week. This was announced by the chief sanitary doctor of Ukraine Viktor Lyashko.

Lyashko explained that the delay in the delivery of a batch of vaccine from Pfizer under the global COVAX mechanism is associated with bureaucratic difficulties. It should be noted that only on Monday February 15 Ukraine will receive the necessary draft agreement from Pfizer. After that, the vaccine must be registered and received from UNICEF. All these processes will take several days.

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