Slovakia started its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Saturday, a day earlier than the European Commission's planned coordinated roll-out across all member states.
Britain, which last week finalised the deal on leaving the European Union, began its vaccination campaign amid much fanfare on December 8, three weeks ahead of the bloc. It expects to have enough vaccines for all 5.7 million people by the third quarter of 2021.
"We know that the pandemic won't just disappear as of today, but the vaccine is the beginning of the victory over the pandemic, the vaccine is a "game changer", said Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven congratulated a 91-year-old nursing home resident who became the first to be inoculated.
"Today is a attractive, symbolic day: All the citizens of Europe together are starting to get their vaccinations, the first ray of light after a long night", Arcuri told reporters. "But until then we will have to continue to be careful".
"Let's see if we can make this virus go away".
Singapore has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the first batch of which arrived on December 21. The EU has secured up to 300 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine and has deals for over 1.5 million doses of other vaccines yet to be authorised for use.
"We are starting to turn the page on a hard year", Ursula von der Leyen, president of the Brussels-based European Commission coordinating the programme, said in a tweet.
"Europe is well positioned", she insisted.
"This is the most efficient way to fight this pandemic", said professor Maria Rosaria Capobianchi, the first person to receive the dose in Italy.
German pilot Samy Kramer has traced a giant syringe in the sky, flying 200 kilometers to remind people about the start of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Europe.
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The expert committee also recommends to achieve a high level of population coverage for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Countries are also showing different strategies in their vaccination targeting, with Italy focusing on health workers, France the elderly and in the Czech Republic the prime minister himself at the front of the queue.
"We didn't need to convince her".
"It's an important day", Tine said.
"We have a new weapon against the virus - the vaccine", tweeted President Emmanuel Macron. The first five people who got it on Sunday were frontline medical and research workers.
"Since Pfizer had also sought a fresh date to present its case on the EUA application of its anti-Covid-19 vaccine, the committee is likely to give them time the same date".
Focusing its strategy on protecting the elderly and thus taking pressure off the hospital system, the government wants one million of the most vulnerable to be vaccinated by the end of February and 15 million people by the summer.
The first cases of a new virus variant that British authorities said could be 70 percent more transmissible after it was discovered in the United Kingdom, were detected in France, Ireland and Sweden over the weekend.
So far, scientists say there is no evidence to suggest vaccines will be any less effective against it.
The lady encouraged everyone to follow her example.