Pfizer’s corona vaccine has been approved for use in the EU and Norway

Pfizer COVID vaccinationPhoto: AP Photo / Rogelio V. Solis

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved Pfizer and Biontech’s coronavirus vaccine. The vaccination is expected to begin within a few days in the EU and Norway.

Before the vaccinations start, the vaccines must also be formally approved by the European Commission. 

The approval will probably be issued on Christmas Eve, just before Christmas. 

Distribution to the member countries – and Norway – is likely to begin on December 26.

Norway to start vaccinations on Sunday

In Norway, vaccination will most likely start on December 27. The first to receive the vaccine will be nursing home residents, and the very first dose will be administered in the Oslo area. 

When residents of nursing homes around the country are vaccinated, the oldest part of the population – 85 years and older – will be the next in line.

The European Commission wants vaccination to begin in the same way throughout the Union, but a few days will likely separate vaccination launches in the different Member States. 

The Danes have made it clear that they will start as soon as they start receiving the doses.

Technical considerations

The European Commission wants the entire Union to begin vaccination between December 27 and 29, but it may take a little longer in some countries. 

Due to technical considerations, the Netherlands does not expect to start until January 8.

The vaccine from Pfizer / Biontech is the first to be approved in the EU and Norway. 

Moderna’s vaccine is also expected to be ready for distribution and use in the EU shortly. 

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