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De Jonge: Corona vaccine may be available in early 2021

De Jonge: Corona vaccine may be available in early 2021


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If the latest studies are successful, the Netherlands will receive vaccines against Covid-19 in the first months of next year, Health Minister Hugo de Jonge writes to the House of Commons. Four different corona vaccines are currently in the final test phase. The results of the studies may be published in the final quarter of this year.

The vaccines are purchased centrally by the European Commission and are intended for all EU countries. Talks with six vaccine manufacturers recently ended positively. Contracts have now been signed with two companies.

The whole process for the development of the vaccines is very extensive and careful, according to the minister, since the means must be absolutely safe and effective. The Medicines Evaluation Board (MEB) will evaluate this together with the European Medicines Agency EMA.

The minister has drawn up a step-by-step vaccination plan for the Netherlands. Since it is not possible to vaccinate all of them at the same time, this is done gradually. This depends on availability and whether groups are given priority. The Health Council will publish an advisory report on this in November, reports De Jonge.

If people are protected against the corona virus by the vaccine, the corona measures may be abolished. Therefore, according to the minister, it is important that many people are vaccinated.