To celebrate the start of Europe's vaccine campaign, a German pilot flew 200 kilometres on a route tracing a giant syringe in the skies, captured by flight tracker site, flightradar24.com.
Samy Kramer mapped out a route from Friedrichshafen and Ulm on 23 December, one day after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) granted conditional market authorisation for the vaccine by US company Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech.
Speaking to Reuters TV, the 20-year-old amateur pilot spoke of how there were still "relatively many people opposing the vaccination and my action may be a reminder for them to think about the topic, to get things moving". He clarified that his flight is not a direct call for people to be inoculated.
“Perhaps it was also a bit of a sign of joy, because the aviation industry has been hit pretty hard by the pandemic."
Germany officially started its vaccination campaign on 27 December, 2020. According to German Health Minister Jens Spahn, the country will be receiving two million doses in Q1 and a total of 50 million doses this year.
More recently, the European Union’s executive commission had given the go-ahead on 6 January to Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine — making it the second vaccine approved for use in the 27-nation bloc.
In a statement by European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, with these two vaccines means a further 160 million doses, and more to come.