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Italy expects to begin COVID vaccinations between Xmas and New Year - govt source - Metro US

Italy expects to begin COVID vaccinations between Xmas and New Year – govt source

FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a 'Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine' sticker and a medical syringe in front of displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration

ROME (Reuters) – Italy expects to begin COVID-19 vaccinations between Christmas and New Year’s Day, a government source told Reuters on Wednesday, with the country set to receive an initial 1.83 million shots from Pfizer to begin its campaign.

On Tuesday, Germany, France, Italy and five other European states announced they would coordinate the start of their COVID-19 vaccinations.

The campaign will begin before the end of 2020 so long as the European Medicines Agency (EMA) gives its green light to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at a meeting scheduled for Dec. 21.

(Reporting by Angelo Amante; Editing by Crispian Balmer)

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