Stars and Stripes stripes.com 26 Dec, 2020 16:15 am

Hungary gives first vaccine shots a day before EU's rollout

Hungary gives first vaccine shots a day before EU's rollout
Hungarian doctors and health care workers began getting vaccinated Saturday with one of the continent's first shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19, upsetting plans for a coordinated rollout on Sunday.

The first shipments of the vaccine arrived at hospitals across the EU in super-cold containers late Friday and early Saturday after being sent from a manufacturing center in Belgium before Christmas.In Hungary, the first shipment of 9,750 doses — enough to vaccinate 4,875 people, since two doses are needed per person — arrived by truck early Saturday and were taken to the South Pest Central Hospital in Budapest.The vaccines developed by BioNTech and Pfizer arrived by truck in very cold conditions were delivered warehouses across the continent on Friday and early Saturday after being sent from a manufacturing center in Belgium before Christmas.Spanish authorities said early Saturday that the first batch of the coronavirus vaccine to reach the country had arrived in the central city of Guadalajara — where the first shots will be administered on Sunday morning at a nursing home.

In Croatia, where the first batch of 9,750 vaccines arrived early on Saturday, a care home resident in Zagreb, the capital, will be the first to receive the vaccine on Sunday morning, according to state HRT TV.The vaccinations begin as the first cases of a new variant of the virus that has been spreading in the U.

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