Europe Rolls Out Vaccines in Bid to Leave Pandemic Behind

Europe Rolls Out Vaccines in Bid to Leave Pandemic Behind

The first batch of the vaccine is a symbolic one, delivered to all EU member-states to mark the start of European vaccinations on December 27, 28 and 29.

Most of the countries have started of by vaccinating medical health workers and the elderly, mass immunization programs targeting the other sections of the population would start in January.

The Republic of Ireland has received its first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine, which was approved by the European Union last week.

"Belgium will provide two doses of vaccines to each of its citizens at an estimated cost of RM82.40 (per person)", he said while winding up the Temporary Measures for Government Financing (Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19)) (Amendment) Bill 2020 in Dewan Negara, today.

Italian virus czar Domenico Arcuri said it was significant that Italy's first vaccine doses were administered at Spallanzani, where a Chinese couple visiting from Wuhan tested positive in January and became Italy's first confirmed cases.

Vaccinating will begin on December 30, with frontline healthcare workers and nursing home residents the first people to receive the vaccine. President Zuzana Caputova is scheduled to get vaccinated on Sunday.

This moment "symbolises the ability to work together, because for months the professionals of the National Health Service and other sectors of society have been collaborating to guarantee the best care and the best assistance", said Health Minister Marta Temido, who visted and monitored various vaccination sites.

Germany, meanwhile, said trucks were on their way to deliver the vaccine to care homes for the elderly, which are first in line to receive the vaccine on Sunday.

In Poland the first five people, all employees of the Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of the Interior in Warsaw, were the first to be vaccinated.

Who will receive the vaccine first?

"We take this very seriously and [the New York Department of Health] will be assisting State Police in a criminal investigation into this matter", Zucker said of the ParCare allegations.

In Germany, a small number of residents of a retirement home were inoculated on Saturday (European-time), 24 hours before the country's official start of its campaign.

AstraZeneca chief executive Pascal Soriot said Sunday its vaccine was a "winning formula" and provided "100 percent protection" against severe Covid requiring hospitalisation.

The EU has so far reported more than 335,000 Covid-related deaths.

The distribution of the BioNTech-Pfizer shot presents tough challenges, as the vaccine uses new mRNA technology and must be stored at ultra-low temperatures of around -80 degrees Celsius (-112°F).

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