France begins vaccination against Covid-19 as 78-year-old woman receives first dose

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                Une femme de 78 ans est devenue la première personne vaccinée contre Covid-19 en France lorsqu'elle a reçu la première dose du pays à l'hôpital René-Muret de Sevran, en Seine-Saint-Denis, près de Paris, selon un journaliste de l'AFP sur place.
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                                    <p>«Je suis émue», a déclaré la femme, nommée uniquement Mauricette, une ancienne femme de ménage, qui a été inoculée avec le vaccin Pfizer-BioNTech vers 11 heures dimanche dans l'unité de soins de longue durée de l'hôpital public.  Elle a souri et a été applaudie par le personnel de l'hôpital après avoir reçu le coup.

A 65-year-old cardiologist, Dr Jean-Jacques Monsuez, was the next to be vaccinated, shortly before 11:20 a.m.

About twenty seniors and health workers should receive the vaccine on Sunday during the symbolic launch of the program by France, in Sevran as well as in a geriatric care center in Dijon.

Martin Hirsch, head of the public hospital group APHP, tweeted the photo of a woman receiving the vaccination on Sunday morning and wrote: “A little nudge from the nurse, a big step for immunity, we hope. ”

The French government aims to have a first million people – made up of the elderly, vulnerable people and healthcare workers – vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of February in the 7,000 retirement homes and establishments country associates.

European Union countries embarked on Sunday in the vaccination campaign hailed as the ‘key’ to defeating Covid-19, as the growing spread of a new variant of the coronavirus heightened fears that the pandemic could do even more havoc.

The blow is a beacon of hope for a continent still seriously struggling with the pandemic, with infection rates on the rise again, lockdowns imposed and Christmas and New Year plans left in tatters for many.

The numbers vaccinated in the early days of the program with the Pfizer-BioNTech jab are largely symbolic and it will be months before enough is protected to consider a return to normal from the pandemic that has killed 1.76 million people in the world since its emergence in China at the end of last year.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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