A day before the planned immunization campaign in the Eastern European Union, a 101-year-old woman in a nursing home in eastern Germany became the country’s first BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine. This ambitious effort eventually vaccinated more than 450 million people Vaccines fight against coronavirus across 27 countries in the European Union.
Vaccination also started in Hungary, where photos showed medical staff shooting at the South Pest Central Hospital in Budapest. Reuters reported that the Slovakian authorities also started taking the first dose on Saturday.
According to a YouGov survey of the German news agency DPA, about two-thirds of Germans are willing to receive vaccination against the coronavirus, but more than half of the respondents said they are worried about possible side effects.
According to the two companies, the European doses are produced at BioNTech’s manufacturing plant in Germany, and Pfizer’s production plant in Puurs, Belgium, and the entire group’s countries have begun to receive its first batch of products.
In Germany, all 16 states received 9,750 doses of vaccine on Saturday. Each state will send them to regional immunization centers, and then a team of drivers will distribute them to nursing homes and elderly care centers across the country.
Karsten Fischer, who is responsible for the pandemic response in the Harz region of Saxony-Anhalt, said that the logistics services in his area make it possible for people to start getting vaccinated within hours of vaccination. He thinks there is no reason to wait.
Fischer told the public broadcaster MDR: “We don’t want to waste a day because the stability of the vaccine will decrease over time. We want to start management immediately.”
The first vaccination was carried out in Halberstadt, and the target was 101-year-old Edith Kovozala; according to the MDR report, another 40 residents and 11 staff members of the nursing home also Received this dose.
“Every day we wait too many days,” Tobias Krüger, the head of the house, told reporters.
The eastern German states have been hit hardest by the second wave of the virus. More than 1.6 million people in the country were infected and more than 29,400 people died, many of them elderly people, especially those living in nursing homes.
According to a plan made by leaders, medical consultants and German nationals, nursing homes and their nursing staff, as well as emergency medical staff and individuals over 80 years old, will become the first people in Germany to be vaccinated. Ethics Committee. The country’s Health Minister Jens Spahn (Jens Spahn) said on Saturday that government members do not plan to vaccinate in front of their peers.
Mr. Spahn said: “We deliberately said that we will start to provide vaccines to the most vulnerable.” “If it makes sense, for example, to increase confidence, each of us is ready to be vaccinated.”