EU ambassadors agree on how to allot 10 million BioNTech-Pfizer extra jabs

Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia and Slovakia will receive in addition pro-rata of 2,854,654 solidarity vaccines

Photo: EU BioNTech-Pfizer vaccines.

The Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) reached an agreement Thursday evening on how many jabs each EU Member State will receive in the second quarter of the year from the 10 million BioNTech-Pfizer accelerated doses. The proposal was put forward by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council.

The EU ambassadors were tasked to address this issue by the heads of state and government during the virtual European Council meeting held a week ago.

According to the Portuguese Presidency this one-off solution allows for a meaningful expression of solidarity through the distribution of close to 3 million vaccines to the Member States most in need.

Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia and Slovakia in addition to the pro-rata of 10 million vaccines, will receive pro-rata of 2.854.654, as solidarity vaccines.

Austria, Czechia and Slovenia will receive the pro-rata of the 10 million vaccines, and the other 19 Member States will get the pro-rata of 6,66 million vaccines.

Portugal’s PM António Costa said he welcomes the agreement reached on solidarity vaccines sharing, “which makes it possible to vaccinate at least 45% of the population in each Member State by the end of June".

In the first quarter of the year, Member States that contracted larger quantities of the AstraZeneca’s vaccine found themselves in a critical situation as the company drastically reduced its production and supplies. This prevented the normal implementation of their vaccination plans.

Two weeks ago, six Member States sent a letter to the Commission and EU Council, complaining about the unequal distribution of vaccines.

 

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