Germany is set to begin COVID-19 vaccinations on December 27 with first doses being provided to the residents of elderly care homes, said European nation’s health minister Jens Spahn on December 26 as the European Union (EU) is aiming for all 27 member states to begin the coronavirus immunisation on the same day. In a statement, Germany’s 16 state-level health ministers reportedly said Spahn had announced that both the expected approval as well the supply of BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine with distribution will begin shortly before 2020 ends. 

Because Germany currently holds the rotating EU presidency, it could also mean that December 27 could be the date immunisations begin in all 27-member-states. Spahn’s statement came after French Prime Minister Jean Castex said that the nation could begin COVID-19 vaccination “in the last week of December” only if all conditions are met. Earlier, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said that all member states could begin on the same day once Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the novel coronavirus is approved. Meanwhile, other nations have also started eyeing COVID-19 vaccinations as early as January 2021.