All EU Nations to Start Vaccinations on Same Day

ROME (AP) -
Boxes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are transported to be shipped at the Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo manufacturing plant in Portage, Mich., Sunday. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)

Italy’s special commissioner for the pandemic says the vaccination campaign against COVID-19 will begin in all 27 European Union countries on the same “symbolic” day, to be followed with individual countries’ rollouts of larger inoculation programs.

“The idea that one European country could begin before another is far” from what will occur, the official, Domenico Arcuri, told reporters on Sunday. “The campaign will begin in all countries on a symbolic day” before the start of the actual campaign of mass vaccinations.

He did not say when the first day was or how many people would be vaccinated that day.

Italy’s first phase of vaccinations, targeting 1.8 million health-care personnel and residents and staff of nursing homes, should be under way in mid-January, Arcuri said. Some 300 pavilions will be set up in town squares and other public places, where people can receive the shots.