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Europe will begin vaccination with Covid-19 as UK-born strains spread

A 78-year-old French former cleaner, a 96-year-old Spaniard in a care facility, and a 29-year-old Italian nurse became some of the first people in the EU to receive the BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine against coronavirus. As new, more infectious strains of the virus spread throughout the block.

In Sunday’s collaborative action, countries such as France, Germany, Italy and Spain began vaccination of people at risk of aging and front-line medical and care staff, but restrictions will be relaxed in the near future. I warned that it could be stricter rather than

France launched a vaccination program for elderly patients and medical staff in Sebran near Paris on Sunday morning. The first injection was given to Morisset, a 78-year-old retired cleaner. This was followed by a geriatric ward in Dijon, Burgundy. afternoon.

For others vaccinated on Sunday, 96-year-old Araceli Rosario Hidalgo in a Guadalajara care facility was the first to receive an injection in Spain. Jab.

96-year-old Araceli Rosario Hidalgo, who lives in a care facility in Guadalajara, became the first person to receive an injection in Spain © Pepe Zamora / POOL / AFP / Getty Images

In Germany, a 101-year-old woman, Edith Kwoizalla, had already been vaccinated in Saxony-Anhalt on Saturday. The state’s Ministry of Health complained that the decision by local authorities to start jabs one day earlier undermined the community. -Adjusted EU rollout.

Vaccination campaign started after EU drug regulators Approved BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine, first Covid-19 shot to get a green light on Monday. UK and US regulators have also approved the vaccine and started rolling out this month.

EU has Ordered 300 million BioNTech / Pfizer vaccines — 2 doses per person, enough for 150 million people. Also, AstraZeneca, Sanofi-GSK, Johnson & Johnson, CureVac, Moderna.

France’s Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, reportedly said at Le Journal du Dimanche, “I wouldn’t have believed it would have happened so quickly six months ago.” But he also warned that the French government could not rule out a third blockade to delay the infection and called on people not to celebrate New Year’s Eve. German officials issued a similar warning calling on citizens to refrain from the tradition of launching fireworks to avoid large street rallies and hospital injuries.

France, like Germany and Italy, has already detected cases of new, highly infectious variants of the coronavirus, which have spread in parts of the south of the UK and some countries have restricted travel to the UK. Or it is now banned. Spain said on Saturday that it identified four cases. They are all people who arrived from the UK.

There is still no conclusive evidence that new vaccines provide protection against new mutants. However, experts argue that the portion of the virus that the jab targets, the so-called spike protein, is likely to remain unchanged and therefore likely to do so.

But scientists also warn that vaccination campaigns and blockades could put “evolutionary pressure” on the virus in the long run, and fine-tuning to highly effective vaccines is still needed. doing. Health officials already believe that vaccination campaigns are likely to be needed each year to provide lasting protection against future outbreaks.

Questions remain as to how many citizens will eventually accept vaccination. France is one of the most skeptical countries in the world about vaccines. In the 2018 study, 1 in 3 did not agree that the vaccine is safe. This is the highest percentage in any country. In Germany, according to a YouGov poll, about two-thirds are willing to vaccinate, about 19% oppose vaccination, and an additional 16% are undecided. Of those who said they were willing to get vaccinated, 33% said they would get the vaccine after seeing the impact on the first person to get vaccinated.

However, Health Minister Jens Spahn has defeated the vaccine as a national achievement. “The vaccine was developed by the German company BioNTech,” he said. “This German-made vaccine means hope for us and the world.”

With additional reports by Donato Paolo Mancini David Giglione In rome

Europe will begin vaccination with Covid-19 as UK-born strains spread

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