Leaders of Austria, Denmark to visit Israel for talks over vaccines

Photo: EPA Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz

Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz plans to visit Israel with Danish PM Mette Frederiksen on Thursday and confer with PM Benjamin Netanyahu on vaccine research and production cooperation, AP reported. Kurz told the Austria Press Agency (APA) that Austria and Denmark “will no longer rely on the EU in the future and will in the coming years produce doses of second-generation vaccine for further mutations of the coronavirus together with Israel as well as researching jointly treatment possibilities.”

The EU has faced criticism for its slow vaccine rollout, while Israel has vaccinated a large part of its population. Kurz on Tuesday told APA that it was right in principle to take an European-wide approach to inoculations, but maintained that the European Medicines Agency has been too slow to approve vaccines and pointed to companies’ delivery shortfalls. “We must prepare for further mutations and should no longer be dependent solely on the EU in the production of second-generation vaccines,” he added.

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