Relaxing measures too quickly could create “a risk of a third wave after Christmas,” she warned.
LPresident of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen expressed to the European Parliament on Wednesday the hope of the first vaccinations against covid-19, perhaps already at the end of December in Europe.
“The first European citizens could perhaps be vaccinated before the end of December. There is finally a light at the end of the tunnel, ”she said during a debate ahead of the December European summit.
The Commission recently concluded a sixth vaccine pre-purchase contract with pharmaceutical companies. Last week, Mrs Von der Leyen had already estimated that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) could perhaps issue a conditional marketing authorization in the second half of December.
The German also insisted on the efforts, in particular logistical, that the Member States must now implement to ensure correct vaccination of their population.
“We are talking about millions of syringes, the cold chain, vaccination centers, the presence of qualified personnel, etc. Member States must prepare for hundreds of millions of doses. This is our way out of this crisis, ”she insisted.
And while some countries are announcing first easing measures in the face of the ebb of the second wave, the president of the European executive called for lessons to be learned from the first and the easing of the summer holidays. Relaxing the measures too quickly could create “a risk of a third wave after Christmas,” she warned.