Brussels opens new vaccination center to speed up jab rollout

2021-05-03 14:06:11 GMT2021-05-03 22:06:11(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BRUSSELS, May 3 (Xinhua) -- A new vaccination center opened its doors on Monday at Queen Astrid Military Hospital in Brussels, the second largest in the Belgian capital after the Heysel conference center.

Young people aged 16 and 17 will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine there this summer. Details on the rollout for younger age groups are still being reviewed by the Vaccination Task Force, the Belgian newspaper De Morgen reported on Monday.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for people aged 16 and above.

Between Dec. 28, 2020, and May 1, 2021, a total of 3,058,382 people in Belgium received their first vaccine dose. Of them, 829,376 have already been administered the second dose as well, the Sciensano public health institute said Monday.

Between April 23 and April 30, an average of 3,046 people tested positive for COVID-19 per day, 16 percent less than a week earlier, Sciensano said.

Belgium has recorded a total of 995,562 COVID-19 cases and 24,291 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

Globally, 277 candidate vaccines are still being developed in countries including Germany, Britain, China, United States and Russia, according to data published by the World Health Organization on April 30. Enditem