US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German biotech company BioNTech have announced that their vaccine against Covid-19 has passed the stage of large-scale level 3 clinical trials and shown to be 95% effective. “If Pfizer’s vaccine is validated by the European Medicines Agency, we will have 5 million doses, which will allow two and a half million Belgians to be vaccinated (two injections per person)”, said this morning Franck Vandenbroucke, the Minister of Health interviewed by Fabrice Grosfilley on Bel RTL. When? “Deliveries could be possible at the beginning of January”, said the minister while urging to remain very cautious on a date. “We have to be careful and avoid euphoria. There is extremely encouraging news coming from several pharmaceutical companies (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson) but the European agency has yet to authorize and we must bring the vaccines and organize a whole logistics, which is complicated “, said Frank Vandenbroucke.
“This will be our challenge: to properly organize the distribution of these vaccines”, concluded the Minister.