Share article:
Share article:

Belgium to begin using Moderna vaccine next week

Credit: Belga

Belgium will begin using the Moderna vaccine in “some hospitals” as of next week, Federal Public Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke confirmed on Tuesday.

Belgium has purchased 2 million Moderna vaccines. Since Monday, 8,000 of them have been in our country,  Vandenbroucke told the Parliamentary Committee on Health. Next week 13,000 will be added, in the week of 1 February, 31,000 and in the week of 15 February, another 94,000.

This confirmation means that vaccinations with Moderna can begin as early as next week in some hospitals, he explained. Healthcare personnel in hospitals will be the second major group covered in the vaccination strategy, after residents and staff in residential care centres.

Vaccination against the coronavirus has been going on in Belgium -for several weeks now, but only with vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech. Now that it has received approval for the European market, Moderna can be used too.

On Friday, Belgium announced its accelerated vaccination strategy – aiming to have at least 70% of the population vaccinated by September – which partly counted on the limited supply of Moderna’s vaccine the country would receive this month.

The Brussels Times

Latest news

‘No scientific basis’ for giving everyone third dose, vaccine expert says
The head of Belgium's Vaccination Taskforce has argued that there is not enough scientific evidence to support the Flemish government's decision to ...
Re-introducing face masks indoors considered as Covid-19 situation worsens
Belgium's council of ministers will hold an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the worsening epidemiological situation, and reintroducing face ...
Threats of strike action could affect Brussels’ STIB network from Monday
Brussels public transport operator STIB's trams, buses and metros could be affected from Monday 25 October onwards as the union representing the ...
Brussels bars linked to alleged sexual assault vouch to improve women’s safety
The management of the two bars in Ixelles, which made headlines in recent days after several young women reported that they had been drugged then ...
European Council: Decisions on Covid-19 and energy and debate on other issues
At the two-days summit which ended on Friday, the European Council adopted conclusions on COVID-19, digital, energy prices, migration, trade and ...
Flanders ‘water bomb’ could cause €2 billion in damages and affect thousands
The next "water bomb" or heavy rainfall over Flanders could cause damages estimated at around €2 billion, and could affect up to 100,000 people in ...
Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine 90% effective in 5 to 11-year-olds
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 90.7% effective in preventing symptomatic forms of the coronavirus in children aged five to 11, Pfizer announced on ...
Belgian airport named best for cargo in Europe
Brussels Airport has been named the best airport in Europe in a 2021 roundup of the best cargo airports across the world. The Asian Freight, ...
NASA plans first return mission to Moon in February 2022
The United States space agency, NASA, has announced that it will be aiming to launch its first, uncrewed mission to the moon, Artemis 1, in February ...
New, reportedly more contagious Delta mutation being monitored
A new mutation of the Delta variant of the coronavirus, which is reported to be more contagious, is being monitored by health authorities in the ...
Angèle releases new single: ‘Bruxelles je t’aime’
Belgian singer Angèle has unveiled her latest song ahead of the release of her new album, due later this year. 'Bruxelles je t'aime' (Brussels I ...
23 million chickens and 1.7 million pigs: Climate experts call for livestock cut
Flander's livestock needs to be drastically cut to save the climate and reach the emission reduction targets, according to the latest advice from the ...