Vaccination against coronavirus infection is expected to begin in Europe in the spring-summer of 2021, but it will take about a year for the pandemic to decline dramatically. This was stated by Guido Razi, Executive Director of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
“It is hoped that the first doses of vaccine for people at risk may arrive in the spring of 2021, giving rise to serious vaccination. In my opinion, the availability of vaccine doses will increase very rapidly after approval,” Razi said on the Italian TV channel Sky TG24.
He noted that the Coronavirus vaccine will not end the pandemic, but serious results will be achieved within a year after the start of its use. During this period, he said, it is important to continue wearing masks and to maintain a safe distance.
He added that several different coronavirus vaccines are likely to be created in Europe and three copies may appear early next year, which will be approved by EMA.
On the eve, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the European Union will start vaccinating the population against coronavirus as soon as the Western vaccine is developed.
In August, EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said that the coronavirus vaccine could be available by the end of the current year or beginning of next year.