The Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccination has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for use in the European Union which has paved the way for inoculations to begin within days.
EMA stated that they concluded by an agreement that strong data on the quality, safety and efficacy of the vaccine is now available to recommend a formal conditional marketing authorisation.
Executive Director of EMA ‘Emer Cooke’ stated, “Our thorough evaluation means that we can confidently assure EU citizens of the safety and efficacy of this vaccine and that it meets necessary quality standards. However, our work does not stop here. We will continue to collect and analyse data on the safety and effectiveness of this vaccine to protect people taking the vaccine in the EU.”
She added that this news is an important step forward in our fight against the pandemic. It is expected to take at least seven days for the first shipments of the vaccine to be available in Ireland.