COVID-19 Vaccination Begins in EU Countries

COVID-19 Vaccination Begins in EU Countries

In Poland, the first two people will be vaccinated on Sunday, followed by a nurse and a doctor at the Interior Ministry Hospital in Warsaw, the capital's main coronavirus hospital, followed by medical staff at dozens of other hospitals.

Sahin also said that the vaccine can be adjusted for the new United Kingdom variant in about six weeks.

The distribution of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which was first rolled out in Britain earlier this month, presents tough challenges.

Six more patients with the virus have died, bringing the death toll to 2,200.

Vaccination will begin today across the EU.

But he warned: "We all have to be prudent, alert and responsible. We still have a long road ahead, but finally we see a bit of light".

First doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived in European Union countries including hard-hit Italy, Spain and France early on Saturday, ready for distribution to retirement homes and care staff.

Earlier in the week, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly confirmed that the first vaccines would be administered on December 30.

"It didn't hurt at all", said Mihaela Anghel, a nurse at the Matei Bals Institute in Bucharest who was the first person to get the vaccine in Romania.

The first person at the home to be immunised with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 101-year-old Edith Kwoizalla, the dpa news agency reported. The European Union (EU) has identified the world's earliest and hardest-hit virus hotspots, including Italy and Spain.

She felt "nothing" from the shot, Araceli Rosario Hidalgo Sanchez said with a smile after being injected. He has no symptoms and is isolating at home in the central city of Tours.

"What we want is for as many people as possible to get vaccinated", said Mónica Tapias, the 48-year-old worker at the home.

No cases of COVID-19 have so far been detected among the staff or residents. "Let's see if this can finally finish with this".

"Travel may increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19".

In Prague, Czech Prime Minister Andrzej Babis received his shot at dawn, insisting "nothing to worry about".

"We are at war, but our weapon has arrived and it is in these small vials", the head of Bulgaria's anti-virus taskforce, General Ventsislav Mutafchiiski said after getting his vaccination in Sofia.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the COVID-19 vaccine has been delivered to all EU countries.

Vaccinations against the coronavirus began in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt on Saturday, a day before the country officially launches its campaign.

"Every day we wait is one day too many", Tobias Krüger, the director of the home, told reporters.

Countries including France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Portugal and Spain are planning to begin mass vaccinations, starting with health workers on Sunday. Anghel is the nurse who registered and processed Romania s first official COVID-19 patient, on February 27, 2020.

The rollout is the result of coordination on the part of all 27 member states, helping the bloc to also project a sense of unity in a lifesaving mission of logistical complexity after difficulties in negotiating a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain. In Vienna, three women and two men over 80 got the vaccine in the presence of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

The committee also recommended that about 5% of available vaccine stocks at any given point in time be set aside for specific groups of people who work in essential services, such as water and utilities, to ensure that the country can function effectively in case of an outbreak.

The vaccination drive is all the more urgent because of the concern around new variants of the virus linked to a rapid expansion of cases in Britain and South Africa.

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