The President of the European Commission (EC) announced, this Wednesday, during the question and answer session after the press conference, that she expects the first doses of vaccine against Covid-19 to arrive in April 2021, and may reach up to 50 million doses delivered monthly to Brussels.
"Large quantities of vaccine may arrive as early as April," he announced, adding that in the best possible scenario, the European Union (EU) can expect between 20 and 50 million doses of vaccine against Covid-19 to be delivered starting in April. 2021.
“We have been creating a portfolio of candidates against the vaccine. This would not have been possible without the union of the EU and the work of pharmaceutical companies ”, he explained.
The news arrives moments after the EC announced that it will make available a € 100 million package for the acquisition of rapid tests that will later be distributed to the 27 Member States.
In addition to this reinforcement in testing against the Sars-Cov-2 virus, the President of the European Commission also announced the joint acquisition of medical equipment for vaccination and the extension of the temporary suspension of customs duties and VAT on the import of medical equipment from third countries .
Ursula von der Leyen also announced that it will be proposed that hospitals and doctors be exempt from paying VAT on vaccines and test kits used in the fight against coronavirus.