Communication from the European Commission on preparedness for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination published in Official Journal

Communication from the European Commission on preparedness for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination published in Official Journal

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the preparedness for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination strategies and vaccine deployment has been published in the Official Journal.

Analysis

To prepare the EU and its citizens for when and if a safe and effective vaccine is available, the Commission has set out key elements to be taken into consideration by Member States for their coronavirus vaccination strategies, in line with the competences as set out in the EU Treaties. These key considerations will support Member States in identifying and addressing possible challenges and gaps for effective deployment and acceptance of a safe coronavirus vaccine. Technically aligned and politically agreed vaccination strategies should ultimately lead to a high uptake of coronavirus vaccines in the EU. Notably, effective, consistent and transparent wide-reaching communication on vaccines and their availability will be crucial.

Furthermore, the Commission is putting in place a coordinated approach to the distribution of vaccines across EU Member States. An allocation methodology, agreed between the Commission and Member States, ensures that all Member States will have equal access to the available doses based on their population size.

Once available and authorised at EU level, all Member States will have access to coronavirus vaccines at the same time. The overall number of vaccine doses will be limited during the initial stages of deployment and before production can be ramped up. Meanwhile, high on the list of actions is a decision on which groups should have priority access to vaccines.

Source: Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council Preparedness for COVID-19 vaccination strategies and vaccine deployment

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