The dispatch of the new Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine to countries of the European Union began on Thursday, marking the countdown for the start of mass vaccinations in member states.
Produced in Belgium, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is the first to get the green light from the EU.
“After being carefully packed, batches of the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine are being dispatched to the 27 countries. These vaccines will soon be arriving at their destination to be used during the #EUVaccinationDays on 27, 28 and 29 December,” the European Commission said Thursday on a Twitter video post (included below).
Up to 25 million doses of the BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine are expected to be sent to the EU before the end of the year.
After being carefully packed, batches of the newly approved #COVID19 vaccine are being dispatched to the 27 🇪🇺 countries.
— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) December 24, 2020
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on twitter that she was “moved” to see the first COVID-19 vaccines shipped to all EU countries, at the same time.
“In a few days, the first Europeans will be vaccinated. Vaccines will be available for all soon. Together, we will overcome the pandemic,” she said.
For details on the Greek government’s vaccination operation dubbed “Eleftheria” (Freedom), press here.