EU countries receive the first doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

Nothing to do with the extremely complicated transfers of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. With all the normality in the world and in conventional transport: this is how the first shipments of AstraZeneca vaccines are arriving in different European countries. You don’t need sophisticated refrigerated trucks or adventures to keep the cold chain intact at tens of degrees below zero.

However, the preparation prepared by the British pharmaceutical company and the University of Oxford has left a trail of controversy on its way to the EU. In the first place, because the company will not deliver the committed doses in the established time. Second, because there are doubts about its effectiveness in older people, doubts that are mainly due to the lack of information on the tests carried out. And although the European Medicines Agency approved the use of the vaccine for those over 18 without age limitation, most European governments will not apply it to those over 55 or 65, depending on the case.

Hungary, the only EU country that has procured vaccines on its own, breaking the policy of unified purchases of the Twenty-seven, has welcomed them: “We will receive 6 million of the 300 million reserved by Brussels,” explained the director general of Hungaropharma, in Budapest.

In France, whose main pharmaceutical company failed to create a vaccine against COVID-19, they are also satisfied with the arrival of the British preparation:

“This vaccine has an advantage over the previous ones and that is that it is normally kept in a cold chamber and not in a freezer, like the others. So we can keep them for a while, without needing to release them immediately. They can remain in the refrigerator at temperatures between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius “, explained Dr. Brigitte Bonana, chief pharmacist at Hospital Foch de Suresnes.

The UK is the leading learner in Europe and has already supplied over 10 million vaccines. However, new variants of the coronavirus have emerged and it is still early to raise the bells:

“I want to emphasize that it is still early days and infection rates in our country are still very, very high. So remember how difficult it is still, how high the infection rate is, and that we must work together to achieve it.” , said the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in a message spread through social networks.

In Portugal, doctors from the German Army have come as reinforcements to help hospitals fight COVID-19. On Friday this country reached the highest income since the start of the pandemic. This Saturday the number of new infections and deaths has been slightly reduced, although the situation is still very worrying.