In the EU countries, vaccination against coronavirus may begin at the end of December 2020.
Coronavirus vaccines are on the way. In Europe, they have even developed specific plans for vaccination, they are going to start in 2020.
True, not in all European countries, people still believe in the existence of the coronavirus.
In the European Union, vaccination against coronavirus may begin at the end of December, said the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
вЂњThere is a light at the end of the tunnel. The European Commission has signed contracts with six vaccine companies. The first citizens of the European Union can be vaccinated by the end of December. Member countries must now prepare for vaccinations. This is our ticket out of this pandemic,вЂќ said von der Leyen.
The European Commission has agreed to purchase 160 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine with the American company Moderna. Also, the European Union could pay more than $10 billion for hundreds of millions of doses of candidate vaccines being developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer / BioNTech and CureVac.
In Spain, residents of nursing homes and their caregivers will be the first to be sent for vaccination.
вЂњIn the first phase, we will focus on the most vulnerable groups of about 2.5 million people. This will be a free vaccine that will be distributed through the national health system and will be voluntarily received,вЂќ said Minister of Health Salvador Illa.
After residents of nursing homes, it is planned to vaccinate medical workers and other elderly people. According to an ambitious plan presented by the government, Spain aims to vaccinate a significant portion of the population by mid-2021.
According to preliminary data, more than 20,000 people died in homes for the elderly and disabled between March and June. Figures include deaths among those who tested positive for coronavirus and those who had symptoms of COVID-19.
The Spanish government has committed more than в‚¬1 billion for coronavirus vaccines next year. The country hopes to receive the first 20 million doses of the vaccine from Pfizer in early 2021. There is also a plan to purchase 31.6 million doses of the vaccine developed by the British AstraZeneca AZN. L from December to June if it is ready.
Austria already has a three-stage plan to vaccinate the population against coronavirus, the ultimate goal of the plan is to vaccinate more than 50% of the population by the end of summer 2021.
The first phase should start in January 2021. It will target people over 65 and especially those in nursing homes. At the first stage, the staff of nursing homes will also be vaccinated.
At the second stage, medical workers and representatives of other vulnerable categories will be vaccinated. It is expected to start in February-March 2021. At this stage, police officers, employees of the food industry, transport companies, and others, as well as teachers and employees of kindergartens and schools will also be vaccinated.
Starting in April, the third phase will make the vaccine available to the general public.
The federal government will be responsible for logistics and cooperation with pharmaceutical wholesalers.
No children yet
The Moderna vaccine has not yet begun testing a vaccine on anyone under 18 years of age. Clinical trials for a younger population should run faster than clinical trials for adults because vaccine makers will start with much more human data.
Pfizer has just started testing with teenagers.
Thus, schools across Europe may not fully reopen by the end of spring, even if all adult staff is vaccinated.
Bulgarians don't believe
At the same time, for example, conspiracy theories around the coronavirus have gained wide popularity in Bulgaria. 40% of the country's residents believe that the coronavirus is a biological weapon designed to regulate the world's population.
33% of surveyed Bulgarians believe that coronavirus is no more dangerous than seasonal flu. Slightly more than half of the respondents are of the opinion that the coronavirus is an artificially created disease. 17% of respondents believe that the coronavirus does not exist at all and that it is a global scam.