European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the first citizens in the European Union could be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Christmas, but warned that member countries need to urgently prepare their logistical chains for the rollout of hundreds of millions of doses, as reported in This is Money.
She told EU lawmakers that "the first European citizens might already be vaccinated before the end of December."
The commission has agreements with six potential vaccine suppliers and is working on a seventh contract. The deals will allow it to purchase over 800 million doses.
"Member states must get ready now. We're talking about millions of syringes, we're talking about cold chains, we're talking about organizing vaccination centers, we're talking about trained personnel that is there. You name it. All this has to be prepared," von der Leyen said.
On Tuesday, Brussels said it would sign a contract for up to 160 million doses of Moderna’s experimental coronavirus vaccine, which the company says appears to be 94.5% effective, according to its preliminary data.
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