When will the Covid-19 vaccine arrive in Malta? – Minister Chris Fearne explains during TVAM
Yesterday the UK became the first country in the world to approve the vaccine against the Coronavirus developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, with inoculation in the UK expected to start from next week.  In the light of this, the question on everyone’s lips is when the vaccine will arrive in our country. This and other questions were answered this morning during the programme TVAM by Deputy PM and Health Minister Chris Fearne.

Minister Fearne explained that shortly after the news of the vaccine emerged from UK, together with other European Ministers he held a meeting with the Director of the European Medicines Agency. This Agency is the regulator in charge of analysing the results of the clinical trials of the vaccine and is the body which will give its authorisation for the vaccine to be used in European countries.

Dr Fearne explained that the analysis being made by the European Agency is more rigorous and goes into more detail. He added that European countries have agreed to await authorisation from the European Medicines Agency.

During TVAM, Dr Fearne explained that the analysis by the Agency of the Pfizer vaccine is expected to be ready by the end of this month and as soon as it is authorised, the first consignment will arrive in Malta. Malta has an agreement with other companies for the Covid-19 vaccine, including Moderna and others.

Meanwhile, during the breakfast show,  Dr Fearne also spoke about how the vaccine will be distributed. Finally, he explained that when the vaccine arrives and starts being administered, the measures of wearing masks and keeping our social distance will remain in effect.

You can watch the full interview here:

TVAM is transmitted daily between Monday – Friday, from 7am – 9am.