EU countries receive first deliveries of Covid vaccine
The several states of the European Union (EU) on Saturday received their first shipments of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines.
As the pandemic surges across the continent, the boxes containing doses of the vaccines were being delivered to France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Belgium and Hungary.
The distribution of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot presents tough challenges because it uses new mRNA genetic technology, which means it must be stored at ultra-low temperatures of around -80 degrees Celsius (-112°F).
Mass vaccination across the European Union, home to almost 450 million people, would be a crucial step towards ending a pandemic that has killed more than 1.7 million around the world, crippled economies and destroyed businesses and jobs.