Malta’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne, while speaking in Parliament yesterday announced that as things currently stand Malta is still the topmost EU Country with the most people vaccinated against COVID-19, adding that as at yesterday afternoon, some 30,000 people had already received the vaccine, with 5,000 of them also having taken the second dose.
Chris Fearne said that at present, approximately 1,300 doses are being given daily, with the plan is for that number to increase to 2,500 by the end of this week.
Moreover, Chris Fearne also announced that in an attempt to speed up the vaccination process even further, the Government will be going in discussion with family doctors will also be vaccinating their patients in the community, especially when it would be time for the younger cohorts to receive the vaccine. He said that this will be done while observing the highest standards.
The Deputy Prime Minister also said that as from today, the COVID-19 vaccine will also be given to patients who need to travel to undergo treatment abroad, irrespective of their age.
The AstraZeneca Vaccine
On the latest vaccine to be approved by the European Medicines Agency, Chris Fearne said that according to the advice being given by the company itself, the vaccine by AstraZeneca, which was developed in collaboration with Oxford University will be given to those aged 18-55. This, he said, will speed up the process further, and those aged 55 or under will in fact be receiving the vaccine much earlier than originally planned.