The leaders of the European Union said on Wednesday that they are considering a number of options for public health, including mandates for vaccines to address the growing threat posed by the virus will Omicron causing COVID-19.
Speaking to reporters in Brussels, European Commission President Ursula von der Lyayen said that at the present time, little is known about this option, but we know enough to be of concern. She said that they expect that the scientists will investigate the nature of this variant in about two or three weeks, but at the same time hope for the best and preparing for the worst.
Von der Leyen said that it is best to use this time to vaccinate large numbers of people, and those who are vaccinated, revaccination should be done. According to her, more than one third of Europe’s population – 150 million people – are not vaccinated.
President of the European Commission said that while not everyone can be vaccinated, most people can.
“This needs to be discussed. This requires a common approach, but I think this discussion is necessary, ”she said.
Von der Lyayen said Pfizer-BioNTech said it may accelerate the production and distribution of its pediatric vaccine, which will be available to European children from 13 December.
She also said that Pfizer and the Moderna plan to deliver another 360 million doses of its vaccine by the end of March 2022, and that the boosters are available to those who have received their first vaccination.
The Commission also called on EU member states to commit themselves daily to review the restrictions on travel and be prepared to enter all the necessary control measures, including the decisive action in the event of Omicron version clusters.
Some information for this report was provided by the Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.