The European Medicines Agency said it could approve the first one later this year, for distribution in early 2021.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) plans to approve a first vaccine against the new coronavirus “by the end of the year” for distribution “from January,” its director said on Saturday.
“If the data is solid, we can give the green light to the first vaccine by the end of the year and start the distribution from January, “said Guido Rasi, director of the EMA, in an interview published on Saturday in the Italian newspaper The sun 24 hours.
This body’s mission is to authorize and control medicines in the European Union. The European Commission is responsible for giving the final light that allows laboratories to market their medicine throughout the block.
The EMA, which is committed to “six or seven” different vaccines in 2021, on Friday received “the first clinical data from Pfizer for its vaccine,” says Guido Rasi. “We have received the preclinical data from AstraZeneca, the data from the animal trials that are already being evaluated and finally we have had several discussions with Moderna,” he explains.
If a vaccine is put on the market in January, its first effects on the spread of the virus “will be visible in five or six months, essentially next summer,” he says.
“It is clear that it will not be possible to vaccinate everyone, but we will begin with the most exposed categories, such as the elderly and health workers, which will begin to block the transmission bridges,” the official remarks.
The expert considers that “more than half” of the European population must be vaccinated in order “to be able to witness a decline in the pandemic” which will require “at least 500 million doses in Europe”.
“It will take at least a year” to vaccinate everyone and “if all goes well by the end of 2021, we will have sufficient immunization,” Guido Rasi advances.
The second wave of the coronavirus continues to advance in Europe, despite the new restrictions imposed in many countries, with curfews and closures of gastronomic establishments among other measures.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked Germans on Saturday to be prepared to face difficult months as the coronavirus “will continue to dominate” people’s lives for a long time.
“The coming winter will continue to demand a lot from all of us,” the head of government warned in her usual recorded message on Saturdays.
“The virus will continue to dominate our lives for quite some time. This means that we will not be able to meet personally,” he stressed.
Merkel admitted that while new technologies help maintain social contacts, “of course they are not a substitute for personal encounters.”
The German government stressed these days that for the moment see no chance to relax the restrictions willing to stop the surge in coronavirus cases, despite repeated protests against the measures adopted.
Germany, which was praised around the world for its handling of the pandemic during the first wave, is experiencing a second peak of infections with figures above 20,000 daily cases.
The Robert Koch Institute, the government agency in charge of monitoring disease infections, reported this Saturday that in the last day there were 22,461 new positives and 178 deaths, compared to 23,542 infections and 218 deaths the previous day.