The year 2021 was a year packed with memorable moments. It was a year that saw the number of COVID-19 vaccines reach 5, plus the introduction of a number of medicinal products for the treatment of COVID-19. But it didn’t stop there. The year in overview.

The MEB had a high media profile in 2021. During press conferences and live broadcasts to the general public, such as the Grootste Coronaspreekuur: Vragen over Vaccins’ (‘Great COVID Consultation Hour: Questions about Vaccines’). A panel of MEB employees helped behind the scenes to give viewers the correct answers.


The pandemic meant that many events took place primarily online. The same applied to the MEB Science Day and MEB Day. Both events were held online for the first time. Contact with marketing authorisation holders of veterinary medicinal products regarding the implementation of the new Veterinary Medicinal Products Regulation also took place online.

The general public does not have a problem with digital information, as also demonstrated by the statistics for the MEB’s websites and social media channels. Our social media reports received more than three million views. was visited almost 6.7 million times in 2021. Placing the website in the top 15 of all (1,750) central government websites. Our Medicines Information Bank website also features high on this list (with nearly 5 million visits).

The year in overviewAn overview of the most important events in 2020.