The European Union (EU) launched the first phase of its mass vaccination program on Sunday, in which doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine were distributed to all 27 member states.
“Today we turn the page in a difficult year,” said the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on Twitter on Saturday.
“The [Covid-19] The vaccine has been shipped to all EU countries, “she said, adding that rollout would begin on Sunday.
The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine was approved by the EU on December 21st, in the midst of a winter flood in falls.
The vaccine that is consisting of two cansmust be stored at extremely low temperatures.
Some EU countries started their vaccinations a day earlier, with doses being given on Saturday in Slovakia and Germany.
Vaccinations began on Sunday in Italy, Spain and France, with an emphasis on frontline health workers, nursing home residents and the elderly.
In Spain, the first person to receive a dose of the vaccine was a 96-year-old resident of a nursing home. The second was an employee in the same house.
Italy received 9,750 doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine. The first five people to receive it on Sunday were frontline doctors and researchers.
“We have acted in unity during this pandemic. Today we shall begin to turn the page of this chapter together.” European Commission said on Twitter.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) continues its ongoing review of other promising vaccine candidates, including those from AstraZeneca and Oxford University and Johnson & Johnson.