European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen bluntly told Hungary and Poland on Wednesday to stop blocking the EU's budget and recovery fund, daring them to go to court with their complaints about plans to link EU payouts to the rule of law.
"This is our sixth contract with a vaccine producer, and we are working on yet another one".
Last week, Moderna said its experimental vaccine was 94.5 per cent effective in preventing Covid-19, based on interim data from a late-stage clinical trial. "Once the vaccine is indeed proven as safe and effective, every member state will receive it at the same time on a pro rata basis", von der Leyen said.
The Sofia Globe's coverage of the Covid-19 situation is supported by the Embassies of Switzerland and Finland. Were talking about millions of syringes, were talking about cold chains, were talking about organizing vaccination centers, were talking about trained personnel that is there. "We are prepared, everything is done, tested".
Ursula von der Leyen says citizens in the 27-nation bloc could be vaccinated against coronavirus by Christmas.
With almost 3,000 deaths a day, COVID-19 was the number one cause of death in the European Union last week. "Hospitals remain under stress, and in some regions some intensive care units are overwhelmed", she said.
Given its location in western Europe, bordering four European Union countries, and that it's host to a number of big pharmaceutical companies, Belgium is set to become a hub for distributing the vaccines across the continent, but also into Africa.