Participants in the video conference on the EU’s covid-19 vaccination strategy said that by this summer, the EU may stand out from the coronavirus pandemic.
“I am an optimist by nature. I hope that the European Union will get rid of the pandemic as soon as possible, even before the summer. Everything is needed here-we have more and more vaccines, and we will have other new stocks of drugs to fight covid-19 “Said John F Ryan, Director of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety.
Karl Ekdahl, head of the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC), warned that the situation in Europe is currently worrying and has deteriorated in the past three weeks. Last week there were 1.7 million cases in the EU and 25,000 deaths. .
“I think we must be realistic, not optimistic or pessimistic. But I think we have a good chance,” he said of Europe’s possible escape from the pandemic in the summer.
“This vaccine has made great progress because its development usually takes many years, and it has now happened within a year. But at the same time, we are fighting a constantly mutating virus,” he added.
Krunoslav Capak, director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, is also optimistic. He said: “I think with the help of powerful vaccine weapons, measures and tests, and new and simpler tests, we will successfully defeat covid-19.”
“Less than a year ago, when they asked me when I wanted to end, I said that it would be this summer because we will have a high degree of immunity and maybe some drugs. Now we he said.
Participants who attended the meeting on Wednesday emphasized that the EU needs to strengthen its preparations for a pandemic that may occur in the “ten or twenty years” in the future, so as not to repeat the situation of last year due to the shortage of masks, gloves, respirators and other equipment.
They praised Europe for strengthening its ability to sequence the new variant of the virus, so that they can be better monitored.
They also emphasized that the European Union has a good system to identify the side effects of vaccines, which can be notified to all member states, but they are also common when many people are vaccinated.
“It’s not that we dig in the dark, we have an effective system,” Ryan said while monitoring the side effects.
According to Reuters, the President of the European Commission Ursula von Delane announced last week that the EU can vaccinate 70% of adults in the second quarter of this year.
Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said that Europe can count on the peak summer tourist season due to the acceleration of vaccination this year, as Europe will receive 420 million doses of vaccine by mid-July.