Austrian Health Minister Anschober on corona vaccination: Quality and safety come first

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The regulations for the testing of vaccines must also be complied with 100 percent in the case of coronavirus. Health Minister Rudolf Anschober emphasized this with regard to the approval of a Russian vaccine. “An insufficiently tested vaccine is out of the question for the EU and thus for Austria,” he assured in a mailing.
“Quality and safety” is therefore the priority. Currently, applications for approvals for coronavirus vaccines can be processed more quickly at the European Medicines Agency EMA. This does not mean that less data on the safety and efficacy of the vaccines have to be submitted than in other approval procedures, the Ministry of Health stated in its mailing. However, some studies that are normally conducted one after the other can also be conducted in parallel.

Anschober is confident that one or more fully tested, safe, effective and approved vaccines will be available in 2021. Within the EU, the reserved supply quantities will be split up according to population share. “Austria’s goal is to make vaccination possible for everyone who wants to be vaccinated. I very much hope that we will achieve this goal as soon as possible. We are currently working on the vaccination strategy in order to well prepare the approach, priority and logistics for this key phase in the fight against Covid-19,” reported Anschober.

— Hector Pascua, Source: Austrian News Agency

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