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Hungary Launched COVID-19 Vaccine One Day Before The Other EU Countries


The EU has a population of nearly 450 million, therefore mass vaccination across the continent would be a “crucial step” in the battle to end the pandemic.

Hungary won the march in launching COVID-19 vaccine in comparison to its “fellow EU nations”. The country started vaccinating people one day in advance while other countries like “France, Germany and Spain” as the pandemic continues to increase in the continent.
The EU has a population of nearly 450 million, therefore mass vaccination across the continent would be a “crucial step” in the battle to end the pandemic which claimed over “1.7 million” lives from across the globe besides crippling economies and bringing businesses to their knees. According to Reuters report:
“Hungary administered the vaccine, developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, to frontline workers at hospitals in1the capital Budapest after receiving its first shipment of enough doses to inoculate 4,875 people”.
Adrienne Kertesz, a doctor working at the “Del-Pest Central Hospital”, was the first one to receive the vaccine short. Over three hundred thousand Hungarians tested positive for COVID-19, while “8,951” did not make it alive. Even now over six thousand people are still hospitalised. In the words of an elderly Hungarian couple Zsuzsa and Antal Takacs:
“We are very happy that the vaccine is here”.
 While, Zsuzsa added:
“We will get the vaccination because our daughter had a baby in France last month and we want to go see them. We do not dare travel before we get the vaccine”.
Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 was first dispatched to Britain earlier in the month, which brought forward “tough challenges” as it uses “mRNA genetic technology” as a result of which it needs storage at “ultra-low temperatures of around -80 degrees Celsius”.  France started Vaccination on Sunday, as the Head of Pharmaceutical Products at “Paris public hospital system”, Franck Huet stated:
“We have 19,500 doses in total, which amounts to 3,900 vials. These doses will be stored in our freezer at minus 80 degrees (Celsius) and will be then distributed to different nursing homes and hospitals”.
France recently reported a case of a more virulent and “new variant of the virus that has been spreading rapidly in southern England”, while Spain also reported four confirmed cases of the same. The latter received its first vaccine instalments on Saturday. In a Twitter post, “Health Minister Salvador Illa”, wrote:
“Vaccination will start tomorrow in Spain, coordinated with the rest of Europe. This is the beginning of the end of the pandemic.”
Even Germany also started giving shot to its elderly people living the care of “homes for the elderly” from Sunday. While, the Health Minister of the country, Jensen Spahn added:
“There may be a few hiccups at one point or another in the beginning, but that is quite normal when such a logistically complex process begins”.
Similarly, the Portuguese Health Minister, Marta Temido told:
“It is a historic milestone for all of us, an important day after such a difficult year”.
“A window of hope has now opened, without forgetting that there is a very difficult fight ahead.”