MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The European Union’s member states on Sunday kicked off the bloc-wide immunisation towards the coronavirus illness with the vaccine developed by the Pfizer and BioNTech pharmaceutical corporations.
The marketing campaign is being launched the following day after the EU nations obtained their first shipments of the vaccine following the European Commission’s authorisation.
Italy, which was among the many hardest-hit European international locations, began off the marketing campaign by first vaccinating three workers of the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases in Rome, which handled the primary COVID-19 sufferers again in January.
On the primary day of the vaccination marketing campaign, Italy will solely immunise medical employees and hospital employees. Further vaccination of the EU inhabitants will start in January.
Domenico Arcuri, the Special Commissioner for the COVID-19 Emergency, referred to as the primary vaccinations “symbolic” and in contrast them to the “rays of light after a long night.”
Meanwhile, Spain’s first individual to obtain the Pfizer/BioNTech shot was a 96-year-old resident of a nursing house.
The vaccine was then administered to Monica Tapias, the nurse who has labored on the facility for 10 years. She admitted that she was honored to turn out to be one of many first ones to be vaccinated within the nation.
Portugal’s first COVID-19 shot was given to Antonio Sarmento, the director of the Infectious Diseases Service on the Sao Joao University Hospital Centre within the metropolis of Porto.
Portuguese Health Minister Marta Temido, who was current throughout the nation’s first immunisation towards COVID-19, referred to as the second ”stuffed with symbolism and hope.”
An 84-year-old lady was the primary Austrian to obtain the COVID-19 jab.
The marketing campaign was launched on the Medical University of Vienna on Sunday morning. Five individuals in high-risk teams for COVID-19 and people over 80 years previous agreed to be vaccinated first.
France was among the many international locations, which administered its first COVID-19 vaccine to an individual over 60. As such, a 78-year-old lady obtained the nation’s first shot within the ward of the Rene-Muret hospital in Sevran commune.
Later within the day, vaccines will likely be administered on the Hospital of Champmaillot in Dijon. According to French media, there will likely be round 20 extra vaccinations achieved on Sunday.
Germany, like France and most different European international locations, vaccinated the aged and nursing house employees.
Although the primary shot was obtained by a 101-year-old lady on Saturday, the vaccination marketing campaign formally started on Sunday.
The first three sufferers who had been administered the vaccine in Germany had been over 100 years previous. Citizens over 80, residents of nursing properties and their carers are the primary precedence vaccination group in Germany.
Elsewhere in Europe, the Czech Republic kicked off its immunisation programme by vaccinating its Prime Minister Andrej Babis on the Central Military Hospital in Prague and Health Minister Jan Blatny within the metropolis of Brno. Babis’ inoculation was broadcast stay on Czech TV.
According to the Czech well being authorities, 1.1 million persons are anticipated to be vaccinated within the first quarter of 2021.
Lithuania, like many different international locations, has given precedence to medical staffers working in COVID-19 wards, emergency departments and intensive care models, based on the Lithuanian Health Ministry.
Domestic media retailers reported that hospitals in 5 Lithuanian cities – Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Siauliai, and Panevezys – had begun vaccinating medical professionals towards COVID-19.
According to the Delfi portal, a nurse primarily based at a Vilnius clinic grew to become the primary individual within the nation to obtain the vaccine because the programme received underway.
The Baltic nation is anticipated to obtain its second batch of coronavirus vaccines on Tuesday and the third one in early January.
The vaccination marketing campaign in bordering Poland started on the Interior Ministry’s hospital in Warsaw, the place a nurse and a doctor had been the primary to obtain the photographs.
In whole, about 300 persons are deliberate to be vaccinated on the primary day of immunisation in Poland. The authorities anticipate that by the top of December, about 300,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine will likely be delivered to Poland, which is able to permit the vaccination of 150,000 individuals.
Estonia, on its half, vaccinated Jelena Rozinko, a health care provider from the Ida-Viru Central Hospital within the metropolis of Kohtla-Jarve, based on the Postimees information portal.
Cyprus has administered its first Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to a health care provider working in a nursing house within the metropolis of Limassol.
Similarly, Greece prioritised its immunisation marketing campaign for medical employees. A nurse from the Evaggelismos General Hospital in Athens was the primary to obtain the vaccine. Those current throughout the inoculation greeted the primary vaccination with applause.
REUTERS / ALKIS KONSTANTINIDISFILE PHOTO: Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Agios Vlasios receives the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus illness (COVID-19) vaccine at Evangelismos hospital, in Athens, Greece, December 27, 2020.
Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the nation’s chief epidemiologist, Sotiris Tsiodras, and different high-ranking officers will likely be vaccinated later within the day.
Franc Kramberger, the previous archbishop of Maribor, grew to become the primary individual in Slovenia to obtain the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine towards COVID-19 on Sunday, the nation’s authorities stated in a press launch.
Maros Sefcovic, the Slovak-born vice-president of the European Commission, was vaccinated towards the illness on Sunday.
The president of Slovakia, Zuzana Caputova, was additionally vaccinated towards COVID-19 on Sunday at a hospital within the nation’s capital, Bratislava. The occasion was broadcast on stay tv.