European Commission has asked EU members for vaccination plans - Merkel

FILE PHOTO: Weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin
FILE PHOTO: Weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Commission has asked all European Union member states to provide their plans to vaccinate the population against the coronavirus, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

"Vaccination priorities are similar in most member states, first medical staff, then vulnerable persons," she told journalists at a news conference following a meeting with EU leaders late on Thursday.

(Reporting by Madeline Chambers, Thomas Escritt and Sabine Siebold; Writing by Maria Sheahan)