Mon. Apr 12th, 2021

Five European Union (EU) member-states on Saturday called for a summit meeting on the “fair distribution” of vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

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Leaders of Austria, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Latvia sent a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel, requesting a meeting on vaccine distribution throughout the bloc.

In the letter published by the Austrian media, they asked that deliveries of doses by pharmaceutical companies to EU member-states be fulfilled on an equal basis following the pro-rata population key.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, in a Twitter post, on Friday questioned the issue of equal distribution of vaccines, adding that the “last few weeks have shown that deliveries are currently not being made according to population keys and that this is set to intensify in the coming months.”

“If the distribution were to continue in this way, it would result in significant unequal treatment – which we must prevent. All 450 million Europeans must be given the chance to return to normality by the summer,” he said.

On Saturday, Kurz also announced on Twitter that the letter was sent to top EU authorities by the leaders of five states.

Meanwhile, an EU official confirmed that the bloc was already planning a summit set for March 25 and 26, noting that the Covid-19 coordination will again be addressed by the 27 members during that meeting. SOVEREIGNPH

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