Fearne urges EC to purchase COVID-19 vaccine once authorised

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

During a meeting with European Commissioner for Health, Stella Kyriakides, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne encouraged the European Commission to prepare all the groundwork on joint procurement process to purchase a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as the vaccine is authorised. 

The meeting between Fearne and Kyriakides focused on the cooperation between the Member States on COVID-19.

Deputy Prime Minister Fearne explained the initiatives and measures Malta is currently undertaking to contain the spread of the virus. He said that at this stage Malta is still in its pre-containment stage, as it is one of the few EU Member States where no cases have been tested positive.

The European Commission is currently engaging with all Member States in coordinating their respective preparedness activities and is also facilitating information exchange amongst the Member States through the work of the Health Security Committee in order to ensure all information gained from cases connected to the virus outbreak in Italy will be shared among the Member States.

During the meeting, the upcoming European Pharma strategy, including medicine price transparency to improve access, and the EU Cancer Plan were also discussed.

Also, the European Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides agreed to visit Malta in autumn this year.