Covid: EU starts mass vaccination programme

The EU has begun a co-ordinated vaccine rollout to fight Covid-19. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Saturday the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine had been delivered to all 27 member states. Health workers in north-east Germany decided not to wait for Sunday and started immunising elderly residents of a nursing home in Halberstadt.

Healthcare workers applaud Mauricette, 78, after she received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the country
The first person to get the jab in France was a care home resident named as Mauricette, 78

The vaccine rollout comes as cases of the more contagious variant of Covid-19 are confirmed in several European nations as well as Canada and Japan. German Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Saturday: “This really is a happy Christmas message. At this moment, lorries with the first vaccines are on the road all over Europe, all over Germany, in all federal states. Further deliveries will follow the day after tomorrow. “This vaccine is the crucial key for defeating the pandemic. It’s the key for us getting back our lives.”

A handout photo received on December 27, 2020 shows the flight track for a D-ENIG plane that traced a syringe on the maps in Germany to celebrate the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine.
A plane traced a syringe above southern Germany on Wednesday to celebrate the arrival of the vaccine, a image shows

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