COVID-19 Vaccine to be Free in Belgium, Health Minister Says

Belgian Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke stated last Nov. 16 at an interministerial health conference that the COVID-19 vaccination will be free in Belgium, according to a report by AFP news agency.

Belgian Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke stated last Nov. 16 at an interministerial health conference that the COVID-19 vaccination will be free in Belgium, according to a report by AFP news agency.

Vandenbroucke said that the vaccination will not be compulsory, but the target is to make it free and available to 70% of the population, amounting to around 8 million people in the country with a population of 11.5 million.

“The objective is to vaccinate at least 70 percent of the population. Priority groups will be determined on the basis of scientific opinion and social debate,” Vanderbouke said, adding that it would be free for every citizen who receives it.

Belgium is engaged in European Union-wide procedures for bulk purchases of COVID-19 vaccines once they are made available. Furthermore, distribution of the vaccines requires an approval from the European Medicines Agency.

Belgium also earlier indicated that it was signing a contract with German biopharmaceutical company CureVac, which then brings the total number of vaccines in the EU portfolio to five.

The sixth vaccine to be added in the portfolio is on the way from American biotechnology company Moderna.

According to Belga News Agency, Belgium has signed up to receive 7.7 million doses from British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and 5.5 million from American medical device company Johnson & Johnson.

Belgium has reported 14,424 deaths caused by COVID-19. It has one of the worst death rate per million residents in Europe.

The total number of cases has reached 535, 939 nationwide.


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