By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The Swedish Public Health Agency announced Friday that according to the plans, the start of vaccinations against covid-19 in Sweden will not be possible until January 2021 at the earliest.

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In addition to the Swedish Public Health Agency, preparations are underway with  the Medical Products Agency, the National Board of Health and Welfare, the health and medical care regions, the infection control units and SKR, which include planning for distribution, storage and carrying out the vaccination of the population in a safe manner.

The vaccines must first undergo the required examination and be approved for use. Our assessment is that vaccinations can start in January at the earliest, says state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell.

The groups that will first be offered vaccines are people who are 70 years and older, and others who are at increased risk of severe covid-19 disease. In addition to these, priority is also given to staff in elderly care, health care and other care staff who work close to people at risk of severe covid-19. The final assessment also considers the type of vaccine, and the protective effect that the vaccine is expected to provide.

There have been reports that, among others, the United States and some other countries in the EU are planning to start vaccinations earlier, before the vaccines have been approved.

It is not relevant here. In Sweden, vaccinations must take place according to current planning and procedures for approval, says Anders Tegnell.