Malta’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne, has revealed, in an interview on The Times of Malta, that the COVID-19 vaccine, will be made available to the general public in May, with the target being that of achieving herd immunity by the end of summer.
In the piece, which was published in today’s The Times of Malta, Chris Fearne said that appointment letters to those aged 55 and under, will be sent by the end of April or the beginning of May.
In the same interview, Chris Fearne said that by the end of this month, 16,000 people are targeted to receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, which arrived in Malta on Boxing Day, and which started being administered, the following day, on the 27th December.
The second COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by Moderna is set to be approved by the European Medicines Agency in the coming days, while there is still no indication on when the AstraZeneca vaccine is set to be approved by the EMA, despite the first doses of this vaccine, are already being administered in the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, a couple of days ago, Chris Fearne also revealed that Malta is at the top end of the global COVID-19 vaccination table, which calculates the amount of vaccination doses administered per 100 people, with Israel, Bahrain and the UK leading the way, in first, second and third position respectively.
— Chris Fearne (@chrisfearne) January 3, 2021