Mubasher: European Union (EU) leaders will meet on Thursday to try to accelerate the production and rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in a race against the emergence of new variants, Reuters said.
Some fear that the new variants could bring a third wave of the pandemic across the continent.
The EU leaders will also consider, during their meeting, how to strike the right balance between measures to curb the spread of infections and keeping borders open for a smooth flow of goods and services across the single market.
Moreover, they will agree to work on certificates of vaccination for citizens who have had an anti-COVID shot.
Although infection rates are declining in about 20 of the bloc’s member states, there are concerns of fresh spikes as a UK variant spreads to become the dominant strain.
The European Medicines Agency regulator is likely to issue guidelines this week to speed up the approval of vaccines modified for new coronavirus variants.