Impulse in Europe to accelerate the pace of vaccinations against the coronavirus, although some countries, such as Norway, have requested more information due to the death of 23 sick elderly people after receiving the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.
Chinese vaccines in Serbia
In Serbia, President Aleksandar Vucic has personally welcomed a shipment of one million doses of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, although only 200,000 compatriots had so far requested to use it.
About 770,000 people vaccinated in Spain
Spain has begun this Sunday to administer the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine in nursing homes. The Ministry of Health ensures that almost 770,000 people have already been vaccinated.
On Friday he reported the record of infections in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic. The central government has appealed the advance of the curfew at eight o’clock in the evening implemented by the community of Castilla León in its attempt to stop infections.
“We are happy to have reached this stage of vaccination and to do a good job,” says Rosa Vilanova, director of a residence. “We are grateful and we also hope to be able to vaccinate the rest of the population, especially the workers of those residences because we need to create immunity.”
Italy, the one that most vaccinates
The Italian Government is showing off being the country in the European Union with the highest number of vaccinated individuals, one million 200,000. This Sunday the application of the souvenir dose has also begun.
The country still maintains strict restrictions. The Lombardy region, together with Sicily and the province of Bolzano have passed the red level of maximum limitations.
Austria increases safety distances
Austria has extended its lockdown until February 7, amid concerns about new variants of the virus from the UK and South Africa. It has also expanded the separation distance for non-cohabitants to two meters. From January 25 it will be mandatory to wear FFP2 type masks to enter supermarkets and public transport.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we are aware that the outlook for the next few weeks is bleak for many entrepreneurs, parents, children, for all of us,” said Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. “But we didn’t gain anything by opening everything for ten days and then having to shut it down again with dramatic infection numbers.”
Remote military service in Switzerland
To reduce the risk of infection in the barracks, the Swiss army has decided that 6,000 new recruits start their military service from home. They will train six hours a day using a special app for three weeks before meeting up with their peers. But first they will have to pass a COVID test and another physical test that shows that they really followed the remote exercise program.