EU KICKS OFF COVID VACCINE PROGRAMME
European Union nations officially kicked off a coordinated effort Sunday to give Covid-19 vaccinations to some of the most vulnerable among their nearly 450 million people, marking a moment of hope in the continent’s battle against the worst public health crisis in a century.
Shots were administered Sunday morning to health care workers, the elderly and some leading politicians to reassure the public that the vaccinations are safe.
In Prague, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis received his shot at dawn and asserted: Theres nothing to worry about. In Rome, five doctors and nurses wearing white scrubs sat in a semi-circle at Romes Spallanzani infectious diseases hospital to receive their doses.
Getting vaccinated is an act of love and responsibility toward the collective whole, Claudia Alivernini, a 29-year-old Spallanzani nurse, said on the eve of being the first to receive the shot in Italy, which has Europe’s worth virus toll at more than 71,000 dead.
Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza, speaking outside the hospital, said the coordinated EU rollout was a sign of hope for the continent, but that people still cannot let down their guard for several months more.