EU starts mass COVID-19 vaccination program in 27 member-states
Category: #health  By Saipriya Iyer  Date: 2020-12-29
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EU starts mass COVID-19 vaccination program in 27 member-states

The European Union has recently started a mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign to inoculate over 450 million individuals in 27 member-states.

EU leaders have reportedly negotiated various contracts to obtain above 2 billion vaccine doses from the suppliers. The 1st 200 million vaccine doses will be collected from BioNTech and Pfizer. The 1st recipient of the vaccine in Greece was an ICU nurse, Efstathia Kampisiouli, followed by a nursing home resident, Greek politicians, and Katerina Sakellaropoulou, Greek President.

In the EU, the COVID-19 disease has claimed the lives of more than 350,000 people. Italy has been reported as the hardest-hit city, recording above 70,000 deaths from coronavirus. 3 healthcare workers were the initial vaccine recipients in the region.

The Netherlands-based European Medicines Agency approved the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on 21st December. Despite the development of the vaccine in Germany, other countries like the UK, the U.S., and Saudi Arabia received it prior to the EU.

EU leaders have previously recently the commencement of vaccination in all 27 member-states. Ursula von der Leyen, EU Commission President, considered this synchronized rollout as a milestone in Europe. Other countries are also anticipating its arrival soon. However, in the Netherlands, the bureaucratic and logistical issues have delayed the vaccination process till 8th January 2021.

The EU is targeting to vaccinate all the residents in the member-states by 2021 end. Brussels also has obtained vaccine doses for the non-EU countries such as Norway and Iceland. The latest contributions of the EU towards the delivery of the COVAX vaccine will also enable Kosovo, which is one of the poorest countries in Europe, to receive at least 300,000 doses.

The recent initiative of the EU to start the vaccine rollout happened in line with the recent discovery of a more infectious variant of COVID-19 spreading across the UK. The new virus strain has been detected in various EU countries like Sweden, France, and Ireland. Vaccine developers reported that the vaccine is expected to be effective against the new strain.

Source credit:

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/12/27/950586980/eu-begins-its-vaccine-rollout-with-goal-of-inoculating-450-million-against-covid



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