Germany, Hungary give 1st vaccine shots ahead of EU rollout

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Posted at 10:50 AM, Dec 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-26 13:50:05-05

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany and Hungary have begun administering their first coronavirus vaccines with the European Union’s first shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The shipments of coronavirus vaccines arrived across 27 countries of the bloc late Friday and early Saturday.

The EU had originally planned for its nations to administer the first shots to the most vulnerable people in a coordinated effort on Sunday, but the operator of a nursing home in Germany where the first shots were given to dozens of people said that “every day that we wait is one day too many.”

The rollout marks a moment of hope for a region that has seen over 336,000 deaths linked to COVID-19.