The delivery failure from AstraZeneca is “drastic”. “We have the option of banning a planned export,” said from of the Leyen according to the newspapers of the German Funke media group and referred to the summit next week. The Commission President accused the British-Swedish company of only 30 percent in the first quarter of the agreed amount to have delivered to the EU. In the contract it is also clearly regulated that the EU vaccine from factories in of the EU and UK. “From but we didn’t get anything from the British while we were delivering them vaccine, “lamented from of the Leyen. she spoke from a “formal warning letter” sent by the Commission to AstraZeneca on the matter.
There are a number of open points with a view to the supply contract that must now be clarified. The President of the Commission also sharply complained about a massive overall imbalance between deliveries from European pharmaceutical factories to the EU on the one hand and export to third countries on the other. “We urgently need a better balance between deliveries to Europeans and exports: every day and every week counts when we in Europe can stop the virus faster and reopen our economy,” she said. “It’s about life of the People, about their existence, their health and also about how our economy looks of the Pandemic is starting. ”
Manufacturers in Europe have exported at least 41 million vaccine doses to 33 countries since early February, said from of the Leyen. She added: “I cannot explain to European citizens why we are exporting millions of doses of vaccine to countries that produce vaccine – and from to whom nothing comes back. And I find it difficult to explain exports to countries that have a much higher vaccination rate and significantly fewer infections than the EU. ”
Europe you are in of the World one of the Regions that exported the most, said the Commission President. “We are open, but it has to be proportionate and mutual.” The EU now invites to talks. “What we can do about it, the heads of government will discuss in the council,” she said. “We tell companies: the better they fulfill their contract and the faster they deliver, the sooner we can accept exports all over the world.”
European Minister Karoline Edtstadler (ÖVP) was meanwhile given of the Talks for a fair vaccine distribution within of the EU optimistic. “The negotiations at EU level are going well so far and I am optimistic that we will find a fair solution in the coming weeks,” said Edtstadler of the APA with. According to Edtstadler, a solution is in of the Vaccination Causa “important for the cohesion among the member states to compensate for the resulting imbalance.
From of the Leyen had previously regarding of the announced additional doses for Austria kept covered. The question of whether Austria 400,000 additional cans from the manufacturer BioNTech / Pfizer from an early delivery from I got ten million cans from this production, answered from of the Leyen on Thursday in conversation with of the “Presse” and the other newspapers not, as the “Presse” reported in its Saturday edition. You have negotiated that ten million doses of BioNTech / Pfizer will be brought forward from the fall to the second quarter, “said from of the Leyen. “My recommendation is now to use that to fill the gap. That would be enough to compensate for the distribution again. To do this, however, other Member States would have to forego their share of these ten million cans, which was already fixed in December. That is in view of the Europe-wide Highly questionable in the absence of vaccines of the Twenty-seven governments will still be disputed over this question. ”
From of the Leyen admitted, according to the “Presse”, not very pleased, but emphatically diplomatically of the sharp criticism from Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) of the EU vaccination strategy, which the Commission planned and in the form of the Had implemented framework agreements with six manufacturers. “To clear up any misunderstandings: The European Commission has from It initially suggested that the vaccines in the contracts be distributed on a per capita basis. We think that of the fairest access is “so from of the Leyen. “Member States have chosen a different approach. They sometimes wanted to lower the proportion of one vaccine and increase that of another of the Distribution mechanism between all Member States from decided them alone. ”
Kurz had stated on Wednesday that the EU was faced with a solution of the Deviations from the population key in the corona vaccine deliveries are close. The basis would be the distribution of the ten million doses brought forward to the second quarter from BioNTech/Pfizer in of the I. Of the Chancellor expressed the expectation “that we will get hundreds of thousands more doses”. According to reports, Austria would be in the frame of the Correction around 400,000 cans from BioNTech / Pfizer received.
Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger (ÖVP) is trying to find a common line of the EU holiday countries for the “Green Pass”, of the Should enable freedom of travel in summer. At a summit with twelve other states, including Germany and the Mediterranean countries, a “common approach” should be discussed, said Köstinger of the APA with. Specifically, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Croatia, Portugal, Bulgaria, Malta, Cyprus, Slovakia and Denmark should participate in the from Köstinger-oriented meetings. Already on Monday she wanted in of the Also ask the Vice President of the Meeting of the EU Commission, Margaritis Schinas, in Brussels.
The EU Commission wants that of the ID card is ready for use by June 1st. It is supposed to certify that a person has been vaccinated against the coronavirus, tested negative or from recovered from Covid 19 disease. Austria wants to present its own “Green Passport” as early as April, of the Tests should certify.
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