Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne announced that the 2nd vaccine manufactured by Moderna has been approved by the European Medicines Agency.
Minister Chris Fearne said that this would mean that Malta will have at its disposal further COVID-19 vaccines from the 2nd vaccine. Fearne also said that from Moderna Malta is expected to receive a further 100,000 doses for this year. Also, in the coming days, further vaccines by different manufacturing companies will be made available once approved by the European Health Authorities.
Superintendent for Public Health Prof. Charmaine Gauci and Carl Farrugia, Chief Executive Officer of the Central Procurement and Supplies Unit, CPSU, also addressed the press conference.
From Pfizer and Moderna, Malta will receive 770,000 doses in total. Once the other vaccines will be approved, in total Malta will have at its disposal 1,700,000 doses.
Until now Malta is receiving the Pfizer vaccine. In January Malta will have available 32,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
Minister Chris Fearne explained that the Pfizer vaccine, 2nd dose need to be administered within 3 weeks from the first jab while the Moderna vaccine 1st and 2nd dose will have to be administered on a span of 4 weeks.
Around 1,400 coronavirus vaccines were administered in the first week of the vaccination campaign which started on the 27th of December 2020.
Also, Malta is expected to receive, 50,000 doses of the vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna, by the end of March 2021, explained Minister Fearne. Also, by the end of May 2021, all people considered as medically vulnerable will have received the vaccine, as well as all frontliners.
When asked by Newsbook.com.mt if there were people who reported any side effects after receiving the vaccine, Health Minister Chris Fearne confirmed that no serious side effects were registered.
Prof. Gauci confirms increase in cases amongst children
From her end, Prof. Gauci was evasive in her reply when asked to confirm if health authorities advised the Ministry for Education to keep the schools closed. This was confirmed to Newsbook.com.mt by MUT, however, the Ministry ignored the recommendations and tomorrow schools are expected to open as planned.
Prof. Gauci said that health authorities have monitored the situation in schools and they had noticed an increase in the number of positive cases amongst children.
New measures to be implemented if cases continue to rise
In view of the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, if the situation persists, Minister Chris Fearne confirmed that authorities will have to consider new measures in order to control the pandemic. Prof. Gauci, confirmed that it is clearly evident that people did not follow the measures to not spread the virus during the festive season and this has resulted in a spike in the number of cases which we might continue to experience it in the next five days.