Von der Leyen: The EU should consider the issue of compulsory vaccination

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“It’s time for her European Union “Think” about the issue of compulsory vaccination“, Said the President of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen during a press conference in Brussels on the evolution of the pandemic and its emergence Omicron mutation, clarifying that the decision rests with the Member States.

“This is a debate that I believe should take place in the EU,” he said. The introduction of mandatory vaccination requires a “common approach” and “appropriate discussions” should be held, Ursula von der Leyen added during a press conference, answering a question.

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Asked by ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ, about what is its position on the obligation of vaccination against covid-19, Ursula von der Leyen replied that the obligation was the responsibility of the Member States and that she is not able to make any recommendations For this subject. However, she replied that she personally believes that it is “understandable” and perhaps “appropriate” to start this discussion – “how can we encourage and possibly consider compulsory vaccination in the EU”.

“Two or three years ago I could never have imagined what we are experiencing with this terrible pandemic”

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In particular, the President of the Commission replied as follows: “If you were to ask me what my personal opinion is, I would tell you that two or three years ago I could never have imagined what we are experiencing today with this terrible pandemic. We have the vaccines that save lives but are not used as much as they should be everywhere. This results in a huge cost to health. If you look at the numbers, we now have 77% of adults in the EU fully vaccinated and 66% of the general population. This means that 1/3 of the European population has not been vaccinated, ie around 150 million people. This is too much. Of course, not everyone can be vaccinated. There are very young children, for example, or some who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, but the vast majority can do so. It is understandable and appropriate to start this debate on how we can encourage and possibly consider compulsory vaccination in the EU. This is something that needs discussion and a common approach. It’s a debate that I believe should take place. “

According to the President of the Commission, the scientific community will need “100 days” to adapt its vaccine response to the new Omicron variant.

Von der Layen: Pfizer / BioNTech baby vaccine available in EU on 13 December

PFIZER VACCINE

Its production Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine against coronavirus for children will accelerate and doses will be available in the European Union on 13 December, announced the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, according to the APE-MPE.

The President of the Commission explained that this information comes from the pharmaceutical company that produces the most widely used vaccine among the 27 EU member states.

“I spoke to BioNTech / Pfizer about vaccines for children and I had good news yesterday”, he added.

“They have the potential to speed up production. “In other words, the vaccines for children will be available from December 13,” he said.

Earlier, Germany’s BioNTech reported that accelerating the release of the vaccine will not affect the quantities of vaccines delivered, “Thanks to the huge effort” on the part of the employees of the two companies.

“Given the current situation with the pandemic, it is good news for parents and children. “Many are looking forward to it,” said Jens Spann, Germany’s caretaker health minister, commenting on the rush.

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