Czech PM receives vaccine as EU roll-out gets under way

Several EU nations have begun vaccinating their most susceptible teams right now as a brand new coronavirus variant unfold internationally and the WHO warned the present pandemic is not going to be the final.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis grew to become the primary particular person in his nation to be given the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine towards Covid-19 on the Central Military Hospital in Prague.

"The vaccine which arrived from the European Union yesterday, that is a hope, a hope that we will return to a normal life," Mr Babis stated earlier than receiving the jab.

As of this morning, Czechs had reported 670,599 circumstances of coronavirus whereas 11,044 folks have died.

A 101-year-old lady in an aged care residence grew to become the primary particular person in Germany to be inoculated towards coronavirus yesterday.

Hungary and Slovakia additionally started their vaccination campaigns yesterday.

Three well being staff on the Rome Spallanzani hospital in Italy had been inoculated shortly earlier than 7am right now with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, in response to a press release by the commissioner for the epidemic Domenico Arcuri.

"The vaccine went very well and it was an exciting, historical moment," 29-year-old nurse Claudia Aliverini advised state-owned tv Rainenews 24.

"It is the beginning of the end and I hope to be the first of over 60 millions of Italians [to be vaccinated]".

Italy has reported 70,909 deaths from the illness, the best toll in Europe and the fifth highest on this planet.

Jytte Margrete Frederiksen, 83, was one of many first Danes to be inoculated right now as Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen seemed on by way of videolink from her residence Marienborg.

Jytte Margrete Frederiksen, 83, getting the Covid vaccine right now in Ishoj, Denmark

The approval and roll-out of vaccines has boosted hopes that 2021 might carry a respite from the pandemic, which has killed greater than 1.7 million folks since rising in China late final 12 months.

However, in a video message forward of the primary International Day of Epidemic Preparedness, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated it was time to study the teachings from the Covid-19 pandemic.

"History tells us that this will not be the last pandemic, and epidemics are a fact of life," stated Mr Tedros.

"Any efforts to improve human health are doomed unless they address the critical interface between humans and animals, and the existential threat of climate change that's making our Earth less habitable," he added.

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Meanwhile, France has not dominated out imposing a 3rd nationwide lockdown if coronavirus circumstances proceed to rise, its well being minister stated right now, as the nation braces for a potential post-Christmas spike.  

"We will never exclude measures that are necessary to protect the public," Olivier Veran advised the Journal du Dimanche.

"That is not to say we have made a decision, but that we are watching the situation hour by hour."

France has been registering round 15,000 new infections per day, and on Friday confirmed the primary case of a brand new coronavirus variant that not too long ago emerged in Britain.

Canada, Spain and Sweden have additionally confirmed circumstances of the brand new pressure, which consultants worry is extra contagious. 

Healthcare employee Monica Tapias, 48, is inoculated at Los Olmos nursing residence in Guadalajara, Spain

A 96-year-old residing in a care residence in central Spain grew to become the primary particular person within the nation to be vaccinated right now, in an occasion broadcast by nationwide tv.

Araceli Rosario Hidalgo Sanchez smiled and stated she felt "nothing" from the shot.

EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen stated in a video on her Twitter account that the marketing campaign begin was a "touching moment of unity and a European success story" and stated the EU had "secured enough doses for our whole population of 450 million people".

"The vaccination is the key to ending the pandemic," added German Health Minister Jens Spahn. "This is a hopeful day for Europe."

Israel was set to start its third coronavirus lockdown right now, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced optimism {that a} "world record" vaccination drive will restore a level of normality inside weeks.

He is hoping to vaccinate 1 / 4 of Israel's inhabitants towards coronavirus inside a month so as to return to post-pandemic normalcy.

After a pointy rebound in detected infections, Netanyahu's authorities introduced three days in the past that it might re-impose the strict measures that had beforehand helped restrict transmission. 

From 5pm right now, most individuals will probably be compelled to remain inside 1km of their residence. 

A key distinction in Israel's third lockdown in comparison with earlier variations pertains to colleges, with extra college students capable of attend courses.

Instead of close to whole closures, Israel is protecting colleges open for kids under six, as nicely as grades one to 4 and youngsters ending secondary faculty in grades 11 and 12.

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