In one Telegram– The article states that the approvals of the vaccines used in the EU would expire at the end of 2021 or beginning of 2022. “Since no manufacturer of the conditionally approved vaccines has submitted a new application, the vaccines may no longer be used from December 2021 / January 2022 – they must be destroyed,” it is claimed. The contribution has been viewed more than 5,000 times so far.
The claim is partially wrong: It is true that the conditional approvals expire at the end of the year or in January 2022. As the European Medicines Agency (EMA) informed us, the manufacturers of all vaccines approved in the EU have already applied for an extension of the approval.
Conditional approval of the vaccines is only valid for one year
We have that Admission process for the Covid-19 vaccines already viewed in June. In Europe – and thus also in Germany – the European Commission decides together with the EMA on the approval of vaccines. One conditional marketing authorization is granted if the EMA comes to the conclusion that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks based on current knowledge.
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Just this admission received the manufacturer Biontech-Pfizer in December 2020. In January 2021, the vaccines from the manufacturers Moderna and Astrazeneca were also available for the European market authorized. Since the conditional marketing authorizations granted to these vaccine manufacturers, are only valid for one year, they will expire in December 2021 and January 2022, respectively.
Extensions of the approvals have already been applied for
In response to our request, the EMA press office stated by email: “All authorized manufacturers of the approved Covid-19 vaccines have submitted their annual renewal applications to the EMA in accordance with legal requirements, and the assessment of these applications is currently in progress.” The fact that the manufacturers’ applications are currently being processed by the EMA is also due to theirs website to read.
Applications are currently being examined by the EMA
In response to our request, the EMA press office explained the procedure: “The conditional approvals that have been granted for the four approved vaccines come with all the necessary guarantees, controls and obligations.” Drug continues to outweigh the risks. ”
As the Paul Ehrlich Institute assesses at the request of CORRECTIV.Faktencheck, the approvals of the vaccines will most likely be extended: “All available data on the vaccines show that they are effective and generally well tolerated.” There is no realistic scenario, in which the vaccines would no longer be used from 2022.
Editing: Till Eckert, Steffen Kutzner
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