The marketing authorization for COVID-19 vaccines will be issued 48 hours after approval. This was announced by the Vice-President of the European Commission Margaritis Schinas, El Pais reports on Wednesday, December 16.
Schinas said it would “become a Christmas present” for Europeans and added that such a permit is usually issued within a few weeks.
“If the European Medicines Agency approves the BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine on Monday, the European Commission is ready to allow its commercialization at supersonic speed. In two days,” Schinas said.
At the same time, the WHO said that poor countries are at risk of being left without a vaccine until 2024. There is a high risk of failure of the COVAX mechanism, which provides for an even distribution of vaccines around the world.