Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday that he and allies in Eastern Europe are pushing for the European Union to adjust the way COVID-19 vaccines are distributed following complaints of unevenness.
Reported by Reuters.
Kurz, as well as the leaders of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Latvia, and Croatia, wrote to the heads of the European Commission and the Council of the European Union last week, stating that the distribution is not taking place according to the size of the population, as agreed.
Kurtz’s opponents accused him of trying to divert attention from his government for the relatively slow pace of vaccinations.
The EU has a mechanism for redistributing the remainder of doses when others do not take their prorated share, and the European Commission said that member states must decide if they want to go back to a purely demographic approach.
“It should be possible to develop a correction mechanism here,” Kurz said at a press conference with his Bulgarian, Czech and Slovenian counterparts after a meeting that the leaders of Croatia and Latvia joined via video link.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel are working “to find a solution,” Kurz added.
According to the latest weekly report from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Bulgaria and Latvia have introduced the first dose of vaccine to the smallest proportion of their adult population in the EU — 4.1% each.
In Malta, this figure is 14.9%, in Austria — 7.8%.