‘Buying the vaccine from Brussels helped Malta’ – Deputy Prime Minister

Reports in foreign media have praised our country for the way it has managed its vaccination programme. The Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne was quoted as saying in an interview he gave to Agence France Presse that Malta’s success can be credited to the fact that the vaccines were distributed to the member states at the same time.

However, he said that the country is now working against the virus variants, a factor he described as worrying.

The Deputy PM saiid that buying the vaccine from Brussels was an unprecedented move. This helped our country to obtain enough doses of the vaccine for the whole population to be inoculated. He explained that in this way, the competition between the EU member states to see which country could obtain the vaccine the most quickly, was eliminated.

By yesterday, 10% of the population had received at least one dose of the vaccine, with more than 3% of those over the age of 16 already receiving the second dose.

It was reported that last week the AstraZeneca vaccine started being administered to those aged between 18 – 55.

The rate of vaccination in Malta has placed it at the top of the list of EU countries.