December the 27th, 2020 – The much talked about Pfizer vaccine has arrived in the Republic of Croatia, and vaccination against the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is finally set to begin today after the year from hell.
The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a spanner in the works for absolutely everything imaginable this year. This unprecedented public health crisis, the likes of which not seen since the tragic Spanish Flu pandemic over 100 years ago, took the entire world by storm and showed us just how much we remain at the mercy of nature, regardless of our advancements and achievements as a species. Man’s arrogant belief that it is above everything else has once again been embarrassingly unravelled, and by something that we can’t even see.
The Pfizer vaccine has finally found its way to Croatia, marking a much desired light at the end of a very long, very dark tunnel for many. Krunoslav Capak, the director of the Croatian Institute for Public Health, who has become somewhat of a household name since the new virus penetrated Croatia’s first line of defence, spoke about the Pfizer vaccine’s arrival.
As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak said the country received the first 9,750 doses of the new coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech on Boxing Day at 06:00. The Pfizer vaccine must be stored at a temperature of -70 degrees and as of December the 27th, distribution among Croatian counties will begin.
Vaccination starts in Croatia today, and the first to be vaccinated will be those at the Tresnjevka Home for the Elderly in Zagreb. According to Krunoslav Capak, this is the most important event since the beginning of the pandemic.
“For now, this is a symbolic amount of vaccine that is being delivered to all EU member states, which marks the start of the European Vaccination Days on December the 27th, 28th and 29th, 2020. After that, new doses will arrive every week, which we expect in accordance with the vaccination plan. We’d like to invite all citizens to respond the start of vaccination in accordance with our slogan Think of others – get vaccinated,” said the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, doc. Krunoslav Capak, and as was stated in the press release of the CNIPH.