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An informal video conference held by EU health ministers to discuss vaccination against coronavirus

In his capacity as health minister, today Prime Minister Janez Janša attended an informal video conference of EU health ministers. The aim of this conference was to exchange experiences with the various vaccination monitoring systems used, the lessons learned from the first days of administering the vaccine, and views on the current and planned contracts for additional vaccine doses.

Prime Minister Janez Janša attended an informal video conference of EU health ministers

Prime Minister Janez Janša attended an informal video conference of EU health ministers | Author Office of the Prime Minister

The Prime Minister reported on the current vaccine supplies available in Slovenia and how vaccination is proceeding in the country, calling for efforts to speed up the process. Slovenia is in favour of solutions that will speed up the production of vaccines that have already been approved on the market. At the same time, it is important that safe and effective vaccines provided by other producers be approved as soon as possible. The Prime Minister highlighted the fact that, based on experience to date, the measures necessary to ensure that we are better prepared in the future should already be taken into consideration now. To this end, he proposed increasing the production capacities for the vaccines within the EU.

The video conference participants agreed on the prudence of a continued common approach and solidarity as the only way to fight the pandemic effectively. They welcomed and endorsed the activities performed by the European Commission, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), emphasising the need for the continued  and transparent exchange of up-to-date information. They all underlined the necessity of active and co-ordinated communication to increase public trust in the vaccines, and the awareness that safe and effective vaccines have been secured for all EU citizens.