Although the approval is still the great unknown, from the schedules of the manufacturers of the seven vaccines for which there are contracts, it is realistic that by the summer there will be so much available that anyone in Austria who wishes to be vaccinated can be vaccinated, said Clemens Martin Auer, Covid Special Representative in the Ministry of Health, on Friday in the ORF Lunchtime Journal. The first vaccines could already arrive in January.
First old people’s homes and nursing homes
However, this depends on the European regulatory authority. Here, BioNtech/Pfizer is ahead with its candidate (Note: who just announced their application for emergency approval in the USA). The data submitted so far look very good, Auer referred to feedback from the regulatory authority and the scientific community. Even if this is not yet certain, he said it is realistic that approval will be granted this year. “In any case, we are organizationally able to ensure that when the first deliveries arrive in January, we will also start vaccination in Austria.
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The first quantities would not be as large, but in a first phase the inmates of old people’s homes and nursing homes would be vaccinated, then the staff there and those in the hospitals and the entire health sector. By the summer, together with the other vaccines, all those who so desire could be protected. Auer dampened hopes that the first vaccinations would immediately bring complete normality. With a vaccination coverage rate of 50.60 percent, however, the probability of a further lockdown is very low.
- hp with reports from kurier.at. picture: pixabay.com
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