Warsaw, Poland (AP)-European Union countries officially launched a coordinated operation on Sunday to provide COVID-19 vaccination for some of the most vulnerable groups of nearly 450 million people, marking a hopeful moment in the continent’s struggle against the worst public health The crisis of a century.
Medical staff, the elderly and some major politicians were injected on Sunday morning to convince the public that the vaccination is safe.
In Prague, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis was shot at dawn and asserted: “There is nothing to worry about.”
Claudia Alivernini, a 29-year-old Spallanzani nurse, said: “Vaccination is a love and responsibility for the entire collective.” More than 71,000 people died.
Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza said in a speech outside the hospital that the EU’s coordinated deployment marked the continent’s hope, but people still cannot relax for a few months.
He said: “We still have difficult months.” “This is a good day, but we still need to proceed with caution… This vaccine is the real way to end this difficult season.”
Vaccines developed by the German BioNTech company and the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer have been shipped from a factory in Belgium to ultra-cold containers in EU hospitals starting Friday. The European Union has witnessed the earliest and hardest hit virus hotspots in the world, including Italy and Spain.
Other EU countries, such as the Czech Republic, survived because their healthcare systems were about to collapse in the fall.
A total of at least 16 million coronavirus infections and more than 336,000 deaths have been recorded in the 27 countries of the European Union-experts still agree that the true number of this epidemic still underestimates this figure due to missed cases and limited testing.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen released a video on Saturday celebrating the launch of the vaccine, calling it a “moving moment of solidarity.”
This campaign should alleviate people’s growing frustration, especially in Germany, because the UK, Canada and the US started their vaccination programs with the same vaccine a few weeks ago.
It turns out that certain EU immunizations were started one day ago In Germany, Hungary and Slovakia. The operator of a German nursing home said dozens of people were vaccinated on Saturday, including a 101-year-old woman. She said: “We wait too many days every day.”
Every country is deciding who will get the first shot. Countries such as Spain, France and Germany have vowed to put the elderly and residents in nursing homes.
Poland also puts the front-line doctors, nurses and other personnel fighting the virus first. This central European country largely avoided the wave of attacks on Western Europe in the spring, but the number of infections and deaths was high every day this fall.
European Union leaders are counting on the launch of this vaccine to help the group unite in a complex life-saving mission because of a year of difficulties in negotiating a post-Brexit trade agreement with Britain.
“Here, the good news for Christmas,” said German Health Minister Jens Spahn (Jens Spahn). “This vaccine is the decisive key to ending this pandemic…the key to restoring our lives.”
Politicians who plan to shoot the virus on Sunday to encourage wider acceptance of the vaccine include Slovak President Zuzana Caputova and Bulgarian Minister of Health Kostadin Angelov (Kostadin Angelov).
At the same time, the first new virus variants that spread rapidly in London and southern England were discovered in France and Spain. British authorities say this new variant is easier to spread and has led European countries, the United States and China to impose new restrictions on the travel of people from the United Kingdom.
The German pharmaceutical company BioNTech is confident that its coronavirus vaccine can fight against the new UK variant, but said it needs further research to be completely certain.
The European Medicines Agency will consider approving the second coronavirus vaccine on January 6. The vaccine is produced by Moderna and has been approved for use in the United States.
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