The EU Presidency wants to use a total of three million of ten million Biontech / Pfizer doses brought forward to compensate for solidarity in favor of the EU countries that have fallen behind in the distribution of vaccines – Austria would not get any extra vaccines.
The Portuguese EU Presidency wants to use a total of three million of ten million Biontech / Pfizer doses brought forward for solidarity compensation in favor of the EU states that have fallen behind in vaccine distribution – Austria would not get any extra vaccines. According to the proposal, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia and Slovakia as well as the Czech Republic would benefit from the solidarity quota. Austria would be allocated a total of 139,170 vaccination doses.
The share for Austria would thus be well below the up to 400,000 doses for Austria hoped for by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP). 139,170 vaccination doses corresponds to the Austrian share according to the population key of the remaining contingent of seven million Biontech / Pfizer doses.
The EU ambassador in Brussels will discuss the proposal of the Portuguese EU Council Presidency from Wednesday morning onwards. The Federal Chancellery said in the run-up to the meeting that the Portuguese initial proposal was “a basis on which to build on it in further negotiations at the level of the EU ambassador”.
“It’s good that there is now a solidarity mechanism”
The Federal Chancellery also emphasizes: “It is good that there is now a solidarity mechanism that recognizes the inequality in the distribution of vaccines between the EU member states. We must not create second-class membership in the distribution of vaccines. The Portuguese initial proposal is a basis to build on in further negotiations at the level of the EU ambassador. “
According to reports, some EU member states that have fallen behind in the distribution of vaccines want to demand significantly more solidarity at the meeting of the EU ambassadors than the currently planned amount of three million vaccine doses. Austria, along with the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia and Latvia, complained at the EU summit about the unequal distribution of vaccines in the EU. Not all EU countries had bought the quantities they were entitled to based on their population.
The Federal Chancellery on Tuesday rejected a report by the online portal “Politico”, according to which Austria threatens to block the purchase of 100 million additional vaccine doses from Biontech / Pfizer if it does not receive a larger part of the vaccine delivery. The ten million vaccine doses brought forward to the second quarter are part of the contract for the 100 million doses. The EU states must agree on the distribution by consensus.