EU regulator set to approve Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on December 23

‘It is going to be the primary common approval of a (COVID-19) vaccine on this planet,’ says German Well being Minister Jens Spahn

The European Medicines Company (EMA) is ready to approve its first COVID-19 vaccine on December 23, a German authorities supply informed Reuters on Tuesday, placing EU international locations on monitor to begin to meet up with the USA and Britain, the place immunisation campaigns are underneath means.

“Sure, the EMA shall be finished on December 23,” the supply mentioned, referring to the watchdog’s overview of a vaccine developed by U.S. firm Pfizer and its German associate BioNTech .

German Well being Minister Jens Spahn informed a news convention that he hoped European Union approval for the vaccine could be in place earlier than Christmas, clearing a path for innoculations earlier than the tip of the 12 months.

“It’s good news that the approval may be granted on December 23,” Jens Spahn mentioned at a news convention when requested in regards to the reported date.

The aim was nonetheless to have a daily approval, not an emergency approval.

“It is going to be the primary common approval of a (COVID-19) vaccine on this planet,” Mr. Spahn added.

An EMA official mentioned they had been discussing potential dates earlier than Christmas for a call on the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

Britain was the primary to approve the shot for emergency use on Dec. 3, adopted by Canada on Dec. 9 and the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) on Dec. 11.

EMA mentioned in early December it deliberate to challenge its view on the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine by Dec 29, and on one other candidate developed by Moderna by Jan. 12.

EMA’s mandate is to challenge suggestions on new medical remedies. The European Fee has the ultimate say on approval and usually follows EMA’s recommendation.

German newspaper Bild earlier reported {that a} optimistic EMA verdict was slated for Dec 23, citing authorities and European Fee sources. Bild added that Dec. 26 was seen a potential launch day for vaccinations in Germany.

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