The Minister of State has said that the Principality has ordered 15,600 doses of coronavirus vaccine, enough for 7,800 people, equivalent to 20 percent of the total population of the Principality.

As elsewhere, priority will be given to the most vulnerable section of the population, the minister told a meeting of the National Council.

Monaco has taken out options to purchase all three frontrunners, Pfizer, Moderna, and Astra and Moderna will be available in January and February and AstraZeneca from March.

Meanwhile, testing capacity at the Leo Ferre Centre has been doubled from next week and returning students, nursing staff and residents will be able to take tests from Tuesday, December 15.

Christophe Robino, President of the Commission on Social Affairs,who also holds a senior post at the Princess Grace Hospital, said that Monaco is awaiting the arrival of coronavirus test kits that take saliva samples, rather than nasal tests, which are unpleasant.