Austria's Chancellor Kurz and five EU allies seek correction on vaccine distribution

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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday that he and other allies from eastern Europe were seeking a “correction mechanism” on the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines within the EU, Reuters reported.

“It is important here that we ensure together with (European Commission President) Ursula von der Leyen and (European Council President) Charles Michel that there is a correction mechanism,” Kurz told a news conference with Slovenian PM Janez Jansa, Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov and Czech PM Andrej Babis in Vienna.

Latvian PM Arturs Karins and Croatian PM Andrej Plenkovic participate in the working meeting via video conference.

Kurz declined to be drawn on detail for how such a correction mechanism should work, except saying that the guiding principle should remain that every member state should have the same access to vaccine doses at the same time, Bloomberg noted.

Kurz also said he hoped the European Medicines Agency could provide clarity about the safety of AstraZeneca Plc’s vaccine. Austrian experts continue to recommend using all approved vaccines, he said.

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