The European Medicines Agency has stated that the COVID-19 vaccine approval meeting has been moved to December 21st, more than a week before the previously scheduled date.
This change follows pressure on European regulator from desperate countries such as Germany and was thus moved forward from December 29th to the 21st.
Every day counts – we work at full speed to authorise #COVID19 vaccines that are safe & effective.
I welcome @EMA_News bringing forward its meeting to discuss the @pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, before Christmas.
Likely that the first Europeans will be vaccinated before end 2020!
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) December 15, 2020
European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen stated that this means vaccinations in the European Union would probably start before the end of 2020.