VIENNA (AP) — Hundreds of Holocaust survivors in Austria and Slovakia have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine 76 years after Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz death camp. Jewish organizations set up special vaccination drives to acknowledge the suffering and celebrate the resilience of the survivors. Hundreds of Austrian survivors in their 80s or 90s were expected to get shots at the convention center in Vienna on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The woman who arranged for elderly Jews in the capital to get vaccinated on Wednesday said, “We owe this to them.” The Nazis killed more than 6 million European Jews in the Holocaust. The European Jewish Congress estimates that 20,000 survivors live in the EU.
BERLIN (AP) — Regulators have authorized AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine for use in adults throughout the European Union, amid criticism the bloc is not moving fast enough to vaccinate its population. The European Medicines Agency’s expert committee unanimously recommended the vaccine be used in people 18 and over, although concerns had been raised this week that not enough data exist to prove it works in older people. The shot is the third COVID-19 vaccine given the green light by the European Medicines Agency, after ones made by Pfizer and Moderna. Individual countries can still decide how and to whom they will administer doses, and some are indicating they won’t give it to older people.