All vaccines taken on in the EU's COVID-19 portfolio will be vetted by the European Medicines Agency, and will only be available on the market when proved to be safe and effective.More news: Iran releases British Australian academic in prisoner swap
The European Union entered in its sixth contract with a pharmaceutical company for another 160 million vaccines. Some vaccines would require two doses to be effective.
The European Union has struck a deal for up to 160 million doses of USA firm Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine candidate, the head of the European Commission said on Tuesday (Nov 24), taking the EU's potential stock of Covid-19 shots to almost two billion.More news: The Boss Baby 2 Trailer: There's a New Boss Baby in Town
"The European Union is well prepared for a no-deal scenario", she told the European Parliament on Wednesday.
"That is the place that difference of opinions about legislative texts are usually settled, and that is not done at the expense of millions and millions of European citizens who are urgently waiting for our help", she said.More news: Tyson under control as he prepares for bout with Jones
Brussels Airport is also a major transport hub for Africa, and while von der Leyen has said the commission's aim is to secure vaccines for European citizens, she said it has helped to raise nearly 16 billion euros ($19 billion) for tests, treatment and vaccines worldwide. The pandemic situation remains serious, "with almost 3,000 deaths a day", von der Leyen admitted. Relaxing too much is a risk for the third wave after Christmas, von der Leyen said, adding that this Christmas will be different, and yes, it will be quieter. "But we must learn from the summer and not repeat the same mistakes", von der Leyen said.