EU to start COVID vaccinations from December 27 2020

EU to start COVID vaccinations from December 27 2020

EU countries will begin inoculating people against COVID from December 27, the head of the EU commission has said, assuming the EU regulator approves a vaccine.

All EU member states plan to start vaccinations against COVID from December 27, German Health Minister Jens Spahn says.

“In Germany, we will start, if the approval comes as planned, on December 27. The other countries in the EU want to be able to start … from December 27,” he said ahead of an online meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and executives from vaccine maker BioNTech.

As a member of the EU, Germany is obliged, by and large, to wait for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to approve the vaccine.

In South Africa, more than 10,000 daily cases were registered as infections surged, the health minister said. Worst-hit is the Western Cape region, including the tourist destinations of Cape Town and South Africa’s wine country.

Earlier, the US set a double record, registering more than 3,700 deaths and more than 250,000 new cases in just 24 hours.

Globally, COVID-19 deaths have surpassed 1.6 million with more than 7.4 million infections.