Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou on Monday evening praised the European Medicines Agency’s decision on Monday to give the green light for the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
In a statement made on Twitter, he said: “Today’s decision to grant permission for the vaccine in EU countries fills us with hope that it signals the beginning of the end of the pandemic.”
He also said that Cyprus is expecting the first batch of vaccines to arrive in the next few days. Vaccinations are due to start on December 27 it was announced last week.
EU’s chief executive Ursula von der Leyen also praised the decision and said the commission would act quickly.
“Now we will act fast. I expect a European Commission decision by this evening,” she wrote on Twitter.