The first corona vaccine could be approved for use in the EU and Norway one week earlier than planned. Thus, the first vaccinations in Norway could occur during the Christmas holidays, according to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).
It has previously been stated that the first corona vaccine is likely to be recommended for use in the EU and Norway shortly after an advisory meeting on December 29.
According to NRK, it now appears that the first vaccine may arrive in Norway shortly after December 21.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will, according to NRK’s information, expedite the advisory meeting to that date.
NRK reports that Germany has pressed for the meeting to be accelerated and, the newspaper Bildt reports that a conditional approval may come on December 23.
The Biontech / Pfizer vaccine is the closest to receiving limited approval in the EU.
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) has previously said that it is possible to get doses of that vaccine to Norway in January.
NRK believes that vaccination in Norway could begin as early as Christmas Eve, but Minister of Health Bent Høie thinks that is somewhat optimistic.
“It is not very likely that it can happen before Christmas, but it can happen faster than we assumed just a short time ago. This has not been confirmed yet, and it is something we are following,” Høie noted.
Source: NRK / Norway Today