EU countries receive first deliveries of Covid vaccine

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.