Where most European countries have already completed their plans for a rapid vaccination campaign against the coronavirus, the Swiss are opting for a more thoughtful approach.
Precaution is more important than speed, is the motto in the Alpine country, says prominent Swiss vaccine expert Claire-Anne Siegrist.
The UK and Russia will begin mass vaccinations this week, while the US and EU are expected to issue emergency approvals for one or more vaccines shortly. Many EU countries want to start vaccinating as soon as possible in the new year.
Switzerland does not expect the first doses until the end of January and larger amounts in the following months.
Siegrist understands the rush in hard-hit countries, but for her own country, a more cautious approach is warranted. “Switzerland is not in the catastrophic situation of the United States.”