A pilot in Germany had some fun during a recent flight to honor the start of the coronavirus vaccination campaign in Europe on Sunday.
20-year-old Sammy Kramer mapped that route to locate a giant syringe 70 kilometers long in the sky. Using the Diamond DA-20 Katana, he drove 200 kilometers near Lake Constance in southern Germany, about 5,000 feet in the air to remind people about the start of the COVID-19 campaign.
“There are still relatively many people opposed to vaccination and my action may be a reminder for them to think on the subject, to take things further”, Kramer told Reuters TV on Sunday.
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He said his flight should be considered a direct call, but instead “a sign of happiness, as the aviation industry is hit hard by the epidemic.”
The syringe-shaped passage appeared on the Internet site Flightradar24.
The European Union on Sunday called off its COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
The bloc of 27 countries staged a coordinated rollout aimed at presenting a unified message that the shot was safe and had the best chance of emerging from the epidemic from Europe.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called the vaccine, which was developed in record time, a “game-changer.”
“We know that today is not the end of the epidemic, but it is the beginning of victory,” he said.
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The vaccine, developed by German biotech and American drug maker Pfizer, began arriving in super-cold containers from a Belgian factory on Friday in European Union hospitals. Each country was only getting a portion of the dose needed by less than 10,000 in the first batches for certain countries – when a large vaccine became available in January when more vaccines became available. Everyone who gets shot on Sunday will have to return for a second dose in three weeks.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.