European Commission to purchase millions more COVID-19 doses

European Commission to purchase millions more COVID-19 doses

Authorities started vaccinations on December 19 using the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.

The other four vaccines must still be green-lighted by the European Medicines Agency.

Final approvals are up to the European Commission (EC), which typically follows recommendations from the EMA.

All of these vaccines require a second booster shot, but a first dose is likely to be given to as many people as possible.

This change in authorisation could allow 20% more doses to be available in the EU under an existing contract with Pfizer, EU lawmaker Peter Liese had said.

The European Union authorised the coronavirus vaccine developed by United States drug company Moderna on Wednesday, EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said, just hours after medical regulators gave it the green light.

To extract the sixth dose from a single vial, low dead volume syringes or needles, which only retain a low amount of solution after an injection, should be used, EMA said, adding that there should be no pooling from multiple vials to make up a full dose.

"Patients should never try to secure a vaccine online - no legitimate vaccine is sold online - and only get vaccinated at certified vaccination centers or by certified healthcare providers", a Pfizer spokesman said in a statement.

Actual COVID-19 vaccines, particularly the Pfizer/BioNTech offering, must be temperature controlled to remain effective, with drugmakers equipping shipments with temperature trackers to ensure the cold chain.

The European Commission on Friday proposed to its members to purchase 200 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech with an option of another 100 million more. The company was working to invest and hire in order to deliver up to 1 billion doses this year. They don't contain any coronavirus - meaning they can not cause infection. He also expressed disappointment that Pence had resisted his appeal to unilaterally and unconstitutionally reject the Electoral College count.According to first-person accounts, some of those who breached the Capitol had called for the execution of Pence. The Dutch were only beginning to give out vaccine shots Wednesday, the last European Union nation to start doing so.

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