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Vaccination: Another step forward to normality

With the latest Moderna vaccine being approved by the European Medicines Agency, Maltese and Gozitan residents should be able to obtain herd immunity by this summer. This was confirmed by Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne during a press conference given last Wednesday and serves as a clear indication that Malta could be moving towards normality by the middle of the year. The latest vaccine to be approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is the mRNA-1273 vaccine developed by Moderna. The application for a conditional market authorisation of this vaccine was submitted to the EMA on the 1st of December by Moderna Biotech Spain S.L. and it’s authorisation was approved following an accelerated authorisation timeline envisaged in EU law. The vaccine, which is the second vaccine to be approved by the EMA following the approval of the Pfizer/Biotech vaccine which was approved on the 21st December 2020, had already been monitored by the agency prior to the authorisation’s submission. This is because the European Medicines Agency started a rolling review on the vaccine prior to its submission, which included monitoring of laboratory studies and immunogenicity data which indicated a 95% effectiveness at preventing the COVID-19 illness. This coupled with continuous monitoring during and post evaluation, we can ensure that the vaccines available on the European market have been scrutinised to the highest degree possible, irrespective of the urgency of our situation. Following the EMA’s committee for human medicines’ (CHMP) authorisation of the vaccine, Malta will be receiving 100k doses from Moderna. This, added to the already pre-existing orders of vaccines made by the Maltese Government, should mean that around 21,000 persons should be vaccinated by the end of this month. This is not simply just good news for Malta however. Across other countries of the European Union, we have seen many Member States facing shortages of the Pfizer vaccine due to low production capacity. The European Commission has pledged to increase funds to the production of more Pfizer vaccines, however the new Moderna Authorisation will be sure to amp up efforts to ensure that none of our citizen-counterparts in other member states are left behind. As a Maltese politician who cares deeply about not only the physical health of our nation, but also the mental health and well-being of our people- I welcome this news wholeheartedly. Because as we continue to love through a number of restrictions over the and precautions due to a potential increase of cases following the Christmas season, and the emergency of a new Covid Strain that spreads easier than before, we should be on track to normality soon. We need to ensure citizens are physically safeguarded from the virus, but we must also ensure that our lives can get back on track as soon as possible. Citizens have become increasingly lonely due to this pandemic. The need for social interaction and community is pertinent now more than ever- and ensuring as many people are vaccinated every day is the best way to ensure we can come together, and be together again. With an astounding capacity of 10k vaccinations a day, the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight and fast approaching. When it is made available to me, I will be taking the vaccine. As someone who does not fall within the category of vulnerable persons, and as someone who is not a healthcare worker, I do not expect to be one of the first to take the vaccine. However when the opportunity presents itself, I will ensure that I am fully vaccinated in order to play my part towards creating herd immunity within our societies. I will do this in order to ensure that all Maltese and Gozitan residents will have the opportunity to get back into the arms of their friends, families and loved ones and to ensure that we can all move on and rebuild our futures in what can only be described as a very brave, new world.

MEP Cyrus Engerer


The Malta Independent

My EP Work

Dashing from one meeting to another, to debating groundbreaking legislation with colleagues, stopping to give interviews to the media, or drafting resolutions - there are truly no two days which are identical at the European Parliament. However, our goal remains constant: to work for a stronger Europe which is just and equal, a Europe which we all are proud to call our home.

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With the latest Moderna vaccine being approved by the European Medicines Agency, Maltese and Gozitan residents should be able to obtain herd immunity by this summer. This was confirmed by Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne during a press conference given last Wednesday and serves as a clear indication that Malta could be moving towards normality by the middle of the year. The latest vaccine to be approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is the mRNA-1273 vaccine developed by Moderna. The application for a conditional market authorisation of this vaccine was submitted to the EMA on the 1st of December by Moderna Biotech Spain S.L. and it’s authorisation was approved following an accelerated authorisation timeline envisaged in EU law. The vaccine, which is the second vaccine to be approved by the EMA following the approval of the Pfizer/Biotech vaccine which was approved on the 21st December 2020, had already been monitored by the agency prior to the authorisation’s submission. This is because the European Medicines Agency started a rolling review on the vaccine prior to its submission, which included monitoring of laboratory studies and immunogenicity data which indicated a 95% effectiveness at preventing the COVID-19 illness. This coupled with continuous monitoring during and post evaluation, we can ensure that the vaccines available on the European market have been scrutinised to the highest degree possible, irrespective of the urgency of our situation. Following the EMA’s committee for human medicines’ (CHMP) authorisation of the vaccine, Malta will be receiving 100k doses from Moderna. This, added to the already pre-existing orders of vaccines made by the Maltese Government, should mean that around 21,000 persons should be vaccinated by the end of this month. This is not simply just good news for Malta however. Across other countries of the European Union, we have seen many Member States facing shortages of the Pfizer vaccine due to low production capacity. The European Commission has pledged to increase funds to the production of more Pfizer vaccines, however the new Moderna Authorisation will be sure to amp up efforts to ensure that none of our citizen-counterparts in other member states are left behind. As a Maltese politician who cares deeply about not only the physical health of our nation, but also the mental health and well-being of our people- I welcome this news wholeheartedly. Because as we continue to love through a number of restrictions over the and precautions due to a potential increase of cases following the Christmas season, and the emergency of a new Covid Strain that spreads easier than before, we should be on track to normality soon. We need to ensure citizens are physically safeguarded from the virus, but we must also ensure that our lives can get back on track as soon as possible. Citizens have become increasingly lonely due to this pandemic. The need for social interaction and community is pertinent now more than ever- and ensuring as many people are vaccinated every day is the best way to ensure we can come together, and be together again. With an astounding capacity of 10k vaccinations a day, the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight and fast approaching. When it is made available to me, I will be taking the vaccine. As someone who does not fall within the category of vulnerable persons, and as someone who is not a healthcare worker, I do not expect to be one of the first to take the vaccine. However when the opportunity presents itself, I will ensure that I am fully vaccinated in order to play my part towards creating herd immunity within our societies. I will do this in order to ensure that all Maltese and Gozitan residents will have the opportunity to get back into the arms of their friends, families and loved ones and to ensure that we can all move on and rebuild our futures in what can only be described as a very brave, new world.

MEP Cyrus Engerer


The Malta Independent

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My EP Work

Dashing from one meeting to another, to debating groundbreaking legislation with colleagues, stopping to give interviews to the media, or drafting resolutions - there are truly no two days which are identical at the European Parliament. However, our goal remains constant: to work for a stronger Europe which is just and equal, a Europe which we all are proud to call our home.