Europe and the United States, the biggest contributors of global COVID-19 cases, are rapidly moving to secure and distribute vaccines for their citizens.
During a parliament session on Wednesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced some good news,… saying that its member countries could soon be receiving COVID-19 vaccinations,… possibly by the end of this year.
"The first European citizens might already be vaccinated before the end of December, and there is finally light at the end of the tunnel."
The EU top official also added that countries must prepare their logistics for rolling out hundreds of millions of vaccine doses.
On top of the good news, the European Medicines Agency, on Wednesday, expressed hopes for a positive opinion on the pre-Christmas approval of COVID-19 vaccines.
Previously, the agency said the EU is trying to stay on a similar timeline to the U.S. FDA,… which is expecting a decision on Pfizer's proposed vaccine by mid-December.
However, while things look positive, the agency says it won't be recommending a vaccine to the European public before going through thorough analysis.
The U.S. also has an optimistic timeline for COVID-19 vaccinations.
Operation Warp Speed advisor Moncef Slaoui told CBS, that up to 110 million Americans could be vaccinated against COVID-19 by February 2021.
Slaoui added that the U.S. will begin the distribution of vaccines as soon as the FDA authorizes Pfizer's vaccine for emergency use on December 10.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.