Various European member states will start vaccinating the population against the coronavirus at the end of this month.
Belgium, Italy, France, Germany and Austria have announced that they will start administering the Pfizer vaccine shortly after the European medicines watchdog EMA has agreed to start next Monday. The Netherlands only takes the first injections on January 8.
In Italy, vaccinations will “start” at the end of this month. They will then be “massively” increased in early January, said senior Italian official Domenico Arcuri in an interview with Corriere della Sera newspaper.
Germany starts on December 27, authorities announced Wednesday. That is also the date that Austria is using, chancellor Sebastian Kurz tweeted.
Belgium vaccinates the first people against the coronavirus “immediately after Christmas”, according to Minister Frank Vandenbroucke (Public Health). A condition is that manufacturers Pfizer and BioNTech deliver the first batch of vaccines next week.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex told parliament on Wednesday that France will start vaccinating against the lung virus in the last week of this year.