European Union officials has stated that the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines among European Union member states will be fair.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel held a virtual meeting following an EU Leaders’ Summit.
Von der Leyen who remarked that the current state of the pandemic in Europe is very serious, stated that the number of hospitalized people and fatalities is significantly increasing.
“If we don’t take action now, the spread of the pandemic will damage our health system,” she said in a statement on Thursday October 29, 2020.
Von der Leyen also shared the latest developments regarding a COVID-19 vaccine.
She said the EU had already “signed purchase contracts with three different companies and negotiations with four other companies are ongoing.”
“Member states will receive the vaccines simultaneously, under the same conditions and according to their populations,” she added.
Michel stressed that EU member states agreed on a fair distribution of vaccines.
“Health workers, those with chronic diseases and senior citizens will be given priority for vaccination,” he noted.