Italy kicks off vaccinations against COVID-19 in Rome


Almost 10 months after the first Italian patient tested positive for the new coronavirus, Italy on Sunday vaccinated the first residents against COVID-19.

Three medical experts underwent inoculation at the Rome Spallanzani hospital shortly before 0700 GMT. With the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, a press release by the commissioner for the epidemic Domenico Arcuri said.

“The vaccine went very well and it had been an exciting, historical moment,” 29-year-old nurse Claudia Aliverini told state-owned television RAINEWS24.

“It is that the beginning of the end. And with that I hope to be the first of over 60 millions of Italians”.

Bleak COVID-19 pandemic for Italy

Italy on Thursday became the eighth country within the world to exceed 2 million officially recorded cases. There are 70,909 deaths, the highest toll in Europe and also the fifth-highest within the world.

The vaccine is going to be free of charge. Primary to receive voluntary inoculation will be medical examiners and elderly people.

Hungary and Slovakia began their vaccination campaigns on Saturday. With other European Union countries joining Italy in rolling out the shots from Sunday because the pandemic surges across the continent.

Around 9,750 doses have already arrived in Italy. Another 470,000 are expected to arrive from next week, the health ministry said.

“Today may be a symbolic day, which must give the thought of the beauty of Europe. That has bought the vaccines for everyone and distributed them,” Commissioner Arcuri said.

To aid the rollout of the vaccine, temporary solar-powered healthcare pavilions will pop up in town squares around the country. Designed to appear like five-petalled primrose flowers, a logo of spring.


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