The EU has launched a coordinated mass vaccination to combat Covid-19, which Ursula von der Leyen, the bloc’s leader, said was a “touching moment of unity”.
On 26 December, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine had been delivered to all 27 Member States.
Some countries began administering the stings the same day, saying they were not prepared to wait another day.
To date, the EU has reported more than 335,000 coronavirus-related deaths.
More than 14 million people are infected, and strict blocking measures are currently being implemented in almost all Member States.
Mass vaccination in the EU comes when cases of the more contagious variant of the virus have been confirmed in several European countries, as well as in Japan and Canada.
Mass vaccination of 446 million people in the EU should start in the next few hours.
This comes after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Commission approved the German-American vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech.
The EU has secured contracts for more than two billion doses of vaccines from a number of pharmaceutical companies.
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Ursula von der Layen tweeted: “Today we are starting to turn the page in a difficult year. The # COVID19 vaccine is available in all EU countries. Vaccination will start tomorrow across the EU. #Euvaccinationdays are a touching moment of unity. Vaccination is the lasting solution to a pandemic. “
German Health Minister Jens Spahn said on December 26: “It’s really a happy Christmas message. At the moment, trucks with the first vaccines are on the road all over Europe, all over Germany, in all the federal states. Additional deliveries will follow the next day.
“This vaccine is the key to overcoming the pandemic. This is the key to getting our lives back. “
Health workers in northeastern Germany have decided not to wait until December 27 and have started immunizing elderly residents of a nursing home in Halberstadt.
Authorities in Slovakia also said they had started vaccinating.
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Mayo called on his compatriots to take the vaccine: “We will regain our freedom, we will be able to embrace again.”
In Hungary, the first recipient of the vaccine was a doctor at Del Pest Central Hospital on December 26, the state agency reported.