Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo did not resist the temptation to remind his British counterpart Boris Johnson that the first Covid-19 vaccines administered on Tuesday in the United Kingdom had been produced in Europe.
“Thank you to our national health system, to all the scientists who have worked so hard to develop this vaccine, to all the volunteers – and to all those who follow the rules to protect each other,” the Briton had welcomed in the morning , on Twitter.
“Made in Europe,” replied Mr De Croo laconically, illustrating his tweet with a flag of the European Union, with which the champion of Brexit is still scrapping.
The vaccine in question was indeed developed by the American-German alliance Pfizer / BioNTech and a good part of its production carried out in Belgium.
The United Kingdom has launched its vaccination campaign against Covid-19, the first in a Western country, after being the first to give the green light to the Pfizer / BionTech vaccine. The European Medicines Agency is expected to issue an opinion on this vaccine by the end of December, while Canada could start immunizing its population as early as next week.