Briefly supported by der Leyen’s goal of vaccinating 70 percent of adults by the summer, he explains in an interview with the German newspaper “Welt”.
Federal Chancellor Sebastian Short (ÖVP) warns before the EU video summit on Thursday and Friday of a division in Europe due to the issue of the distribution of corona vaccines. “We cannot have any interest in the fact that the gap within the European Union in terms of vaccination coverage is widening and that we are creating second-class EU member states,” said Short the German daily newspaper “Welt” on Wednesday.
Short emphasized once again that the heads of state and government had agreed in January to distribute the vaccines proportionally according to the population key. However, it turned out “that the vaccines were not delivered according to the population key, but according to the quantity ordered,” criticized the Chancellor. He wanted to address the issue at the EU video summit, so Short, because without a correction, some EU countries would achieve herd immunity by the end of May, while other countries would not achieve herd immunity until late summer or towards the end of the year.
He stressed the goal of Commission President Ursula von der Leyen “fully” to enable 70 percent of all adults to have a vaccination by the summer Short towards the “world”. This goal would also have been achieved if the original distribution key according to population size had been adhered to, so Short.
Austria, along with Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic, pushed for a readjustment of the distribution. But above all the German federal government had so far opposed the demands. The German Secretary of State for Europe Michael Roth argued on Tuesday that some states, including Austria, had not exhausted the vaccine contingents they were entitled to based on their population size. These quantities were offered to other EU countries. “I do not see at all constructing a conflict that needs healing from this,” said Roth. “I currently see no reason to change anything in this transparent and very fair procedure,” said Roth.