Netherlands and Denmark get way more vaccines than they are entitled to

Malta, the Netherlands and Denmark receive more vaccines proportionally than - for instance - Croatia or Bulgaria, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Friday, when he spoke of vaccine distribution disparities within the EU. In a letter signed by the premiers of four other member states on Saturday, Mr Kurz called for the urgent convention of an EU summit to dicsuss this issue.

POLITICS MARCH 13. 2021 17:08

The prime ministers of Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Latvia draw attention to the unequal distribution of coronavirus vaccines within the EU. In their letter on Saturday, they called for an EU summit to be convened to discuss the issue of vaccine distribution, so that the level of inoculation can remain on target throughout the bloc.

In their letter addressed their letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and to the president of the European Council, the heads of government underlined that if the EU does not change its vaccine distribution system, there will be huge disparities in vaccination among members by the summer.

On Friday, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz spoke of there being evidence that some member states receive significantly more vaccines through „clandestine contracts” with vaccine manufacturers.

Although the original agreement stipulates that the available vaccines must be distributed in proportion to each member state s population, Chancellor Kurz says Malta, the Netherlands and Denmark receive far more vaccines than – for instance – Croatia or Bulgaria. „The Netherlands will receive more vaccines per capita than Germany by the end of June, and nearly twice as much as Croatia,” he said, demanding more transparency in the information exchange related to the inoculations.

MAss inoculations in the EU began last December almost simultaneously and the regulator, the Europea Medicines Agency (EMA), approved four coronavirus vaccines: the Pfizer/BioNTech, the Moderna and AstraZeneca jabs, along with Janssen, which is Johnson&Johnson s single-shot covid vaccine.

From among the member states, Hungary has – besides the EU s central vaccine procurement – also ordered Chinese and Russian jabs, so it now has five different vaccines available: the Chinese Sinopharm and the Russian Sputnik V, as well as vaccines from Pfizer/BioNtech, Moderna and AstraZeneca. The first batch of the 4,36 million doses of Janssen (made by Johnson&Johnson) jab already ordered will soon arrive in Hungary.

Hungary is currently in second place in the EU terms of vaccination rate, following Malta.



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