EU Prepares Ground For Deployment Of COVID-19 Vaccines
Plans Include Vaccination Priorities, Safety Studies And Tackling Mistrust
With the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to rise across Europe, the European Commission executive has published a set of actions to be taken at EU and national level to ensure future vaccines are allocated fairly, targeted at priority populations, and labeled in a way that increases production capacity, reduces transport costs and improves distribution.
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