Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of the Republic of Finland

01/13/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/13/2021 02:56

EU health ministers to discuss rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations in EU Member States at videoconference on 13 January

EU health ministers to discuss rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations in EU Member States at videoconference on 13 January

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health13.1.202110.04
Press release4/2021

The EU health ministers will hold an informal videoconference on Wednesday 13 January. The theme of the conference will be the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations in the EU Member States. Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru will represent Finland at the conference.

The conference will be organised by Portugal, which took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 January 2021.

At the conference chaired by Portugal, the ministers will discuss the experiences and any problems encountered by the Member States during the first weeks of the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations. The ministers will also discuss additional purchases of vaccines.

'The fact that the EU is collaborating to procure a sufficient and diverse portfolio of vaccines for the Member States has played an essential role in the global competition for vaccines. Finland encourages the Commission to do its utmost to accelerate the manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines and to deliver them quickly to the Member States,' says Minister Kiuru.

Portugal has invited to the conference not only the EU Member States but also Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Informal videoconference of EU health ministers, 13 January 2021 (Council of the European Union)
Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council configuration (Council of the European Union)

Inquiries:

Tuija Kumpulainen, Director General, [email protected]
Sari Vuorinen, Senior Specialist, [email protected]