EU goal of full vaccine coverage by end-2021 within reach, says health commissioner

The European Union's target to have secured enough vaccinations against the novel coronavirus to inoculate every citizen in the bloc by the end of 2021 is within reach, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides told Kathimerini in Brussels on Monday.

"We are also ready to help expand the production capacity of pharmaceutical firms," she added, noting that Germany's BioNTech is already adapting the former Novartis production plant in Marburg to support manufacturing by its vaccine candidate from February, and is also expected to apply for an additional production location.

Once the application is made, Kyriakides said, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Commission will "support this expansion with swift procedures, if we see that all standards are being met."

Following the furor last week over Germany's parallel agreement with Pfizer...

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