The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne announced that the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be in Malta in the early days of 2021.
In an interview on Newsbook, Chris Fearne said that after Malta spearheaded the procurement arrangement on a European Level, sealing also the price of the vaccine, which is now estimated to be 30 times more than the agreed price in May/June, all the EU countries will have the vaccine at the same time.
Moreover, the Deputy Prime Minister also said that recent studies are showing that each person might need two doses of the vaccine, and for this reason, Malta has doubled its order, and, in his own words, “there will be enough doses for the whole population.”
In light of this, the Deputy Prime Minister once again appealed for everyone to be diligent and to follow all the instructions which they health authorities give on a regular basis, adding that, while this Christmas might be different for all of us, it is part of the sacrifice which we all have to make, in a spirit of solidarity, especially with those among us who are vulnerable.
Chris Fearne also said that discussions are currently underway to decide on how best to change the funeral procedure of a person who would have died after testing positive.