Covid-19 vaccinations to begin in EU on 27 December
"It's Europe's moment."
The European Union will begin vaccinations for Covid-19 from 27 December this year, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced.
"It's Europe's moment. On 27, 28 and 29 December vaccination will start across the EU," she tweeted on Thursday.
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) December 17, 2020
As reported earlier this week, the European Medicines Agency has moved forward the date of a key meeting where its expected to approve the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for use in the EU.
It's expected the Moderna vaccine will be approved for use by the EMA in January.
Deliveries of the vaccine will from production sites in Belgium and Germany will begin on 26 December, but it will be up to each of the 27 EU states to coordinate their own vaccine programmes.
Speaking on Thursday, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said that people will be given some form of proof of vaccination once they've received the vaccine in Ireland, but at this moment he's unsure of what this will look like.