Malta could see the arrival of the first Covid-19 vaccine as early as next December if late-stage trials are successful, virologist Chris Barbara said during an interview with Times OF Malta.

The first people to get the vaccine are the elderly, vulnerable and front-liners.

Last month Health Minister Chris Fearn also tweeted that Malta already has allocated 330,000 doses of the vaccine and will be one of the first countries to receive the vaccine and protect the vulnerable and front-liners. He also said that afterwords more doses will arrive for the rest of the population.

These 330,000 are to start production soon and are expected to be delivered to Malta from as early as December.

The vaccines allocated to Malta are made by AstraZeneca, a British-Swedish pharmaceutical company, partnered with Oxford University. This vaccine is also said to be one of the “most advanced”. It is on phase 3 of testing (the last phase) and is being tested on 30,000 people, showing good results.