Hungary stole a march on its EU nations as it began vaccinating its people against Kovid-19 on Saturday, a day before rollout in several other countries, including France, Germany and Spain, across the continent. An epidemic was formed.
Mass vaccination in the European Union, home to around 450 million people, would be an important step toward ending an epidemic that killed more than 1.7 million people worldwide, crippling economies and businesses and jobs Destroyed.
Hungary received the vaccine developed by P1izer and BioNTech in the front line of staff in hospitals in In1the capital Budapest after receiving its first consignment in sufficient quantities to vaccinate 4,875 people.
The first worker to receive the shot was Adrian Kertesz, a doctor at Deleon-Pest Central Hospital.
Hungary has reported 315,362 Kovid-19 cases with 8,951 deaths. With the Central European country’s care system under stress, more than 6,000 people are still hospitalized with Kovid-19.
“We are very happy that the vaccine is here,” said Zuszsa and Antal Takas, a couple between the ages of 68 and 75, playing table tennis in Budapest Park.
“We will get vaccinations because our daughter had a child in France last month and we want to go see them. Zuxasa said that we do not dare to travel before getting vaccinated.
The Hungarian rollout came a day earlier in countries including France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Portugal and Spain, with health workers planning to introduce mass vaccination.
The distribution of Pfizer-BioNTech Shot, which debuted for the first time in the UK earlier this month, presents tough challenges. The vaccine uses new mRNA genetic technology, which means that it should be stored at a very low temperature of about -80 ° C (-112 ° F).
New year in france, spain
France, which received its first shipment of the two-dose Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine on Saturday, will begin its administration in the greater Paris area and the Burgundy-France-Comte region on Sunday.
“We have a total of 19,500 doses, of 3,900 vials. These doses will be stored in our freezer at minus 80 degrees (Celsius) and then distributed to individual nursing homes and hospitals, ”said Frank Huett, head of pharmaceutical products for the Paris Public Hospital System.
The French government hopes to vaccinate around one million people in nursing homes during January and February, and then another 14-15 million in the wider population between March and June.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved by the French medical regulator on Thursday.
France reported more than 20,000 new Kovid-19 infections to run for a second day on Friday, with nothing seen since 20 November. The seven-day moving average of daily new cases, which report irregularities, is at a one-month high. Out of 14,969.
The number of confirmed Kovid-19 cases in France is now 2,547,771, the fifth highest in the world, while the seventh-highest ranked Kovid-19 has 62,427 deaths.
In a related development, the Ministry of Health said on Friday that a person from London recently tested positive for a new version of the virus that is spreading rapidly in southern England and is considered more contagious.
In Spain, Madrid health officials said on Saturday that they had confirmed four cases of the new version of the virus, since the country received its first delivery of the vaccine.
The boxes arrived by truck at a storage facility near Madrid broke in the morning. Staff from the Medicine Agency of Spain opened the vaccine, which was stored in dry ice, with hand marks.
Health Minister Salvador Illa wrote on Twitter, “Vaccination will start in Spain tomorrow, coordinating with the rest of Europe.” “This is the beginning of the end of the epidemic.”
The dose will be transported by road to the Spanish islands and North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla and other areas of the country, where approximately 50,000 people have died from the disease.
‘Asha’s window has been opened’
Meanwhile, Germany said the trucks were meant to deliver the vaccine to care for the elderly, who are in the first line to receive the vaccine on Sunday.
The number of confirmed Kovid-19 cases in the country rose from 14,455 to 1,627,103, data from the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases revealed on Saturday. In all, more than 29,000 people have died.
The federal government plans to distribute more than 1.3 million vaccine doses to more than 1.3 million per week by the end of this year and from January.
“There may be some hiccups at one point or another in the beginning, but this is quite normal when such a complex process begins,” said Health Minister Jensen Span.
In Portugal, the first batch of Kovid-19 jabs, an absconding truck by the police, were dropped into a warehouse in the central region of the country. From there, about 10,000 shots will be delivered to five major hospitals.
“For all of us this is a historic milestone, an important day after such a difficult year,” Health Minister Marta Temido told reporters outside the warehouse.
“A window of hope has now opened, forgetting that there is a very tough fight ahead.”
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