Europe begins to vaccinate against the covid with hundreds of thousands of doses distributed throughout all the countries of the block.
Italy’s vaccine has been one of the earliest
Italy has administered its first 3 vaccines to 3 health workers at the Lazaro Spallanzani hospital in Rome. They are part of the first 9,750 doses that have reached the country. According to the Italian Ministry of Health they are “symbolic”, the actual distribution will start from tomorrow and around 470 thousand vaccines will be given each week.
Claudia Alevrnini, Nurse and first vaccinated in Italy, highlights: “A small gesture but one that is fundamental for everyone. Today I am here as a citizen but above all as a nurse representing all health personnel who have chosen to believe in science. I have played with Fingertips and I have seen with my own eyes how difficult it is to fight this virus, having been on the front line since the beginning of the emergency. It has been painful to witness the deaths that this virus has caused. “
The director of virology of the Spallanzani Rosaria Capobianchi has affirmed: “I feel very good, I am excited. I hope that this privilege will soon reach everyone” and warned that victory cannot yet be declared.
The 9,750 doses of Pfizer vaccines that have been destined for Italy arrived this Saturday in Rome escorted by the Carabinieri from Belgium and later a part was distributed in all the regions where they will also be inoculated today.
Germany already started yesterday unofficially
On the other hand, in Germany they have started to vaccinate directly in nursing homes. The 40 residents and ten employees of the residence of Halberstadt (east of the country), in the “Land” of Saxony Anhalt, were vaccinated, according to local media, while in the rest of the country it continued to be reported that the campaign began on Sunday .
Mrs. Kwoizalla received yesterday the first dose of the vaccine developed by the German pharmaceutical BioNTech, associated with the American Pfizer. It was by decision of the authorities of that district, who considered that “it did not make sense to wait another day”, since it was “everything ready”, said the director of the nursing home, Tobias Krüger.
Gertrud Haase, 101, was the first woman to be vaccinated in Berlin today. Germany will administer 700,000 weekly doses starting in January at 440 vaccination centers throughout the country.
“The virus is very dangerous. You have always heard and also read about the large number of deaths in other nursing homes and everything, which is absolutely terrible. And therefore it is very good that now one is vaccinated against the virus. Which is a great advantage for us elders here, yes, “says Gertrud Haase.
Germany has secured 300 million doses, through the EU or through its own contracts, to cover the needs of the most populous country in the community block -83 million inhabitants.
A 96-year-old woman receives the first vaccine against covid in Spain
A 96-year-old woman, Araceli, who lives in a center for the elderly in the city of Guadalajara, was the first person to be vaccinated against covid-19 in Spain at 9:00 a.m. local time this Sunday. After her, a 40-year-old worker, Mónica, from the same public residence, called Los Olmos, was vaccinated.
With these two injections, the expected vaccination process against the coronavirus begins in Spain, which will continue today in all autonomous communities (regions). It is expected that in twelve weeks immunization will reach 2,295,638 people through more than 4.5 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine and that the entire population will be vaccinated in several months.
A 78-year-old woman, first vaccinated in France
Mauricette, a 78-year-old former housekeeper, became the first person in France to receive the covid-19 vaccine within the campaign launched in Europe this Sunday.
“I’m excited, it’s an honor”, assured, through tears, the old woman, a resident of a center in Sevran, on the outskirts of Paris, chosen by the authorities to launch the campaign together with another from Burgundy, in the center of the country.
“It’s hot”added the woman after receiving the Pfizer vaccine, a comment that drew laughter and applause from hospital staff who attended the vaccination.
He was followed by a 65-year-old cardiologist, who works at the hospital but has been considered risk personnel and who volunteered to receive the vaccine.
At the moment, the vaccination campaign focuses on people residing in centers for the elderly, almost 1 million, in a first stage that will last about two months.
The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, the first of his country
The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Andrej Babis, was this Sunday one of the first citizens to be vaccinated against covid-19 after the delivery, on Saturday, of the 9,750 doses of the pharmaceutical company Pfizer-BioNTech, a milestone that the Czech politician described as “the hope” to face the coronavirus pandemic.
“The vaccine that arrived yesterday from the EU is hope, a hope of returning to normal life,” said the Czech leader at a press conference at the Military Hospital in Prague, one of the six centers where this treatment against SARS-CoV-2.
In the Prague Military Hospital alone, there have been 500 positive cases since spring among the health workers of this prestigious medical center.
Babis, who received the first dose in the muscle of the right arm, will have to wait 21 days for the second.
A nurse and an elderly man, the first to be vaccinated in Greece
Greece began this Sunday the vaccination campaign against covid with the inoculation of the first doses in several hospitals in Athens.
The first to receive the vaccine was at one noon (11.00 GMT) Esfstathia Kampisiuli, a nurse in the intensive care unit of the Evangelismos hospital, one of the five covid treatment clinics in the Greek capital.
“Today is a historic day, it is the beginning of a new stage. I feel fortunate to be the first person in Greece to be vaccinated. I think that today many people are envious of me.”Kampisiuli told cameras after being vaccinated.
The Nordics have also begun to vaccinate
Vaccination has also started in the Nordic countries where the campaign has started without public announcements about its development, as in this center in Sweden, for reasons of security and protection of personal data.
Sweden, a country that for months opted for a lax strategy against covid-19 until mortality soared in its territory, began this Sunday with the vaccination campaign amid alerts that the pandemic continues.
Vaccines are “a hope”, but it must not be forgotten that the battle against the virus will continue, warned Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
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