How did "Vaccine Day" go in the European Union

How did Vaccine Day go in the European Union

With V-Day of December 27, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived in Europe: names and stories of the first symbolic administrations, which went almost exclusively to the elderly and social health workers

(photo: National Cancer Institute / Unsplash) Sunday, December 27 in the European Union was V-Day (Vaccine Day), the day with which the start of the anti-Covid-19 vaccination campaign in all 27 member states was renamed. Just the day before, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Twitter that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine had been delivered to all countries, calling the moment a test of "touching unity" for the EU. Hungary and Slovakia did not want to wait for the coordinated V-Day and started vaccinations on Saturday, December 26th.

Today, we start turning the page on a difficult year. The # COVID19 vaccine has been delivered to all EU countries.

Vaccination will begin tomorrow across the EU.

The #EUvaccinationdays are a touching moment of unity. Vaccination is the lasting way out of the pandemic. pic.twitter.com/pYOj5vS2gV

- Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) December 26, 2020



The first 9,750 doses of Pfizer vaccine have also arrived in centers of Italian administration who have already started to inject them to some doctors and nurses of the peninsula. The first vaccinated in Italy were Professor Maria Rosaria Capobianchi, the nurse Claudia Alivernini and the social and health worker Omar Altobelli, vaccinated at the National Institute for Infectious Diseases Spallanzani in Rome. Socio-health workers and the elderly, in general, are the first groups that are receiving the drug throughout the Union.

In Spain, the first to be vaccinated was a 96-year-old woman named Araceli Hidalgo, resident in a center for the elderly in Guadalajara. In Austria, the vaccine was administered to five Covid-19 patients, all with previous illnesses, at the special vaccination department at the Medical University (MedUni) of Vienna, in the presence of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Minister of Health Rudolf Anschober. The first vaccinated was an 84-year-old retiree.

In Slovenia mass vaccination of teachers is also planned within the next week, as it is considered an indispensable condition for the reopening of schools after the restrictions imposed to curb the second wave of coronavirus.

Some politicians in various EU countries are also stepping forward to get vaccinated and set a good example to the most skeptical or fearful citizens about the effectiveness of drugs. As in Greece, Italy and the Czech Republic: in the second case there is much talk about the choice of the governor of Campania, Vincenzo De Luca, who had the vaccine injected in front of the cameras.

In the Hellenic peninsula, the president Katerina Sakellaropoulou, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Greek Health Chief Infectious Officer Sotiris Tsiodras all underwent the first administration. Operation Freedom (Eleftheria in Greek, as the vaccination campaign was nicknamed) had already started on the morning of December 27 with the vaccination of nurse Efstathia Kampisiouli, employed in the intensive care unit of the Evangelismos hospital in Athens.

In the Czech Republic, Prime Minister Andrej Babis also received his first dose of Pfizer vaccine in front of cameras at the Central Military Hospital in Prague, marking the start of the vaccination program in the country. After him, it was the turn of Emilie Repikova, a 95-year-old WWII veteran.

It will still take several months, however, before a vaccine production and distribution regime is reached. guarantee the effective immunization of a large part of European citizenship. Given the small amount of Pfizer doses available at the moment, in fact, the launch of these first administrations is above all symbolic, but it is a first step in trying to keep the spread of the pandemic under control. The EU's goal is to vaccinate all adults by the end of 2021.

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