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Coronavirus: Vaccination rolls out across Europe

28-12-2020, 14:08 Medicine, Europe
Coronavirus: Vaccination rolls out across Europe


28 December 2020, 14:08 - NovostiNK
From nursing homes in France to hospitals in Poland, older Europeans and the workers who care for them rolled up their sleeves on Sunday, December 27 to receive coronavirus vaccine shots in a campaign to inoculate more than 450 million people across the European Union, The New York Times reports.

The inoculations offered a rare respite as the continent struggles with one of its most precarious moments since the pandemic began.

Despite national lockdowns, restrictions on movement, shuttering of restaurants and cancellations of Christmas gatherings, the virus has stalked Europe into the dark winter months. The spread of a more contagious variant of the virus in Britain has raised such alarm that much of continental Europe rushed to close its borders to travelers coming from the country, effectively plunging the nation as a whole into quarantine.

“Today, we start turning the page on a difficult year,” Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president wrote on Twitter. “The Covid-19 vaccine has been delivered to all EU countries.”

All EU member nations now have a supply of vaccine on hand to distribute.

All of the member states have national health care systems, so people will be vaccinated free of charge. While each nation is determining how to carry out its campaign, in general the first phase will focus on people most at risk of exposure and those most likely to have serious health conditions — health care workers and the oldest citizens. Most member states have said they expect the vaccine to reach the general public by spring.



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