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Military medical workers are first to get coronavirus jabs at US bases in Germany

Military medical workers are first to get coronavirus jabs at US bases in Germany
Frontline medical workers at three Army bases in Bavaria became the first in the U.S. military community in Europe to be vaccinated against the coronavirus Monday, officials said.

Military and civilian health care providers and first responders who work at clinics on Ansbach, Grafenwoehr and Vilseck received a first dose of the Moderna vaccine, developed by a Massachusetts biotech firm and awarded emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration on Dec.-based military health care workers began being inoculated earlier this month with the vaccine developed by German company BioNTech and U.Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in southwestern Germany was also expecting a shipment of the vaccine and had planned to start inoculating health care personnel at the largest U.Plans to begin vaccinating health care workers and first responders at nearby Ramstein Air Base starting Monday also had to be postponed, officials with the 86th Airlift Wing said.

The Moderna vaccine was found in a 30,000-person trial to be 94% effective at preventing the disease caused by the coronavirus, and 100% effective at preventing severe illness caused by the virus, the company said in a statement in November.The initial shipment to Europe of the Pentagon’s allotment of the Moderna vaccine arrived in Bavaria over the weekend, officials said.

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