COVID-19 vaccine could come to Denmark sooner than expected

EMA committee meeting to potentially approve BioNTech/Pfizer’s vaccine eight days earlier than previously anticipated 

The vulnerable population in Denmark have may have gotten an early Christmas present following the news that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has moved forward its decision deadline to approve the BioNTech/Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) will make a decision about the vaccine on December 21 – eight days earlier than expected.

The EMA committee looks into documentation provided by the vaccine firms in regards to safety, effect and security.

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Could start just after X-mas
Once CHMP  approves the vaccine, the EU Commission will likely only need days to provide conditional marketing authorisation. 

When that occurs, Denmark can begin to vaccinate for COVID-19 in a matter of days. 

“It is only joyous if the EMA processes can be completed more swiftly than first expected,” said health minister, Magnus Heunicke.

“Best case scenario, it means that we can get started vaccinating the elderly and vulnerable already a few days after Christmas.”

Check out the latest coronavirus figures from the State Serum Institute here.