The European Union will give 2.85 million more doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to five countries

The European Union will give 2.85 million more doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to five countries
The European Union will give 2.85 million more doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to five countries
On Thursday, 24 European Union countries agreed to provide a total of 2.85 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine more than those already agreed to in Estonia, Latvia, Croatia, Slovakia and Bulgaria. The doses are part of the 10 million additional doses requested two weeks ago by the European Union from the pharmaceutical company, which had anticipated delivery by a quarter and which should have been distributed in proportion to the population of the member states. However, 19 countries have renounced part of their quota to supply more doses to 5 countries particularly in difficulty with the health emergency.

The decision excludes Austria, Slovenia and the Czech Republic from the additional supply, which instead hoped to be part of it. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, in particular, complained during the last meeting of the European Council about the criterion with which it was decided to distribute the 10 million additional doses, arguing that it would damage smaller and less populous states, such as Austria. The European Council had reiterated that it would continue to use a criterion of proportionality with respect to the population of the states, but had accepted that “solidarity” criteria were taken into account for the additional doses.


The redistribution mechanism of the 10 million doses was designed with the idea of ​​allowing all countries to reach the goal of vaccinating 70 percent of adults by the summer. Compared to the doses that are already due to them in proportion to the population, Bulgaria will receive 1.1 million more doses, Croatia about 680 thousand, Slovakia 600 thousand, Latvia 376 thousand and Estonia 41 thousand.

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