Doubling of Pfizer vaccines means acceleration of vaccinations in Belgium
Eerste Minister / Le Premier ministre Alexander De Croo is, in a first reaction, pleased with the doubling of the number of Pfizer vaccines by the European Commission. This means that Belgium will also be able to speed up the vaccinations.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced this morning that the Member States of the European Union will have access to 200 million additional vaccines from Pfizer/BioNtech, with an option for an additional 100 million.
Alexander De Croo:
"This is a game changer. It means that in our country, we will be able to speed up the vaccinations and protect more people faster. This doubling of the number of Pfizer vaccines proves that the European approach works. If smaller Member States such as Belgium had had to conduct these negotiations on their own, we would never have had such access to vaccines. We would have had to gamble on one or two vaccines last year, without knowing whether the development would ultimately lead to anything. Thanks to the European programme, we now have access to two working vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna. Two other vaccines, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, are in the final stages. Incidentally, our country has played a crucial role in a number of these vaccines. And that's something we should be more proud of."
Photo: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen © Overlegcomité / Comité de concertation 2021