The European Commission authorised the first COVID-19 vaccine on 21 December 2020, after an evaluation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and consultation with the EU Member States.Read more
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Benefits of vaccination for individuals
Vaccination protects individuals against diseases that could have serious consequences for...
Benefits of vaccination for the community
Vaccination protects the vaccinated persons and those around them who are vulnerable to the diseases...
How vaccines work
Each virus and bacterium triggers a unique response in the immune system involving a specific set of cells in the blood...
Approval of vaccines in the European Union
Before a vaccine can be approved in the EU, it has to undergo rigorous testing by its developer...
When to vaccinate
Vaccines protect people during different stages of life. Vaccines are recommended for different age...
A vaccine's ability to prevent a specific disease determines its effectiveness.