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Retail sales in the Euro area rose by 3% in February

Statistics on the dynamics of retail sales in the euro area in February were better than the forecast of analysts. Sales increased by 3% compared to the previous month, with forecast growth of 1.5%.

On an annualized basis, retail sales declined 2.9%. Analysts had expected them to decline by 5.4%. Sales of goods belonging to the non-food group increased by 6.8%. Fuel sales in the euro area rose by 3.7%. At the same time, sales of food products decreased by 1.1%. Retail sales in the European Union increased by 2.9% month-on-month in February. Compared to the same month in 2020, they decreased by 2.2%.

The leaders in terms of sales growth in monthly terms were such countries as Austria, Slovenia, and Italy. The largest decline was recorded in Malta.

Compared to February of the previous year, the highest growth rate of retail sales was observed in Belgium, Austria, and Croatia. At the same time, Portugal, Slovakia, and Malta showed the highest rates of decline in retail sales.

The Austrian Chancellor announced the completion of negotiations on the purchase of Sputnik V

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced the completion of negotiations with Russia on the purchase of the vaccine from COVID-19 “Sputnik V”.

“Purchasing for us in Austria is possible,” Kurz said.

Kurz noted that the purchase of a million doses of Sputnik V would speed up vaccination in Austria.

Earlier it was reported that Austria expects to get a quick admission of the Russian vaccine against the coronavirus “Sputnik V” from the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The country does not exclude that it will register the drug itself.

On March 4, the European Medicines Agency announced the start of the procedure for the sequential examination of the Sputnik V vaccine.

In Austria, the number of deaths after vaccination against COVID-19 increased

In Austria, during the vaccination campaign, the number of deaths after vaccination against coronavirus increased from 55 to 63.

According to the Federal Agency for Health Safety, 57 people died after being vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine.

Three deaths were recorded after the Moderna vaccination and three more after AstraZeneca.

At the same time, experts say that the connection of deaths with the used vaccines has not been established. Non-vaccine-related health complications can occur among the most vulnerable older populations.

Now the question of whether there is a link between deaths and vaccines are being studied in detail.

Also recently, we wrote that in Hong Kong, two people who suffered from chronic diseases died after being vaccinated against coronavirus.

Also, a woman from Slovakia died shortly after she was vaccinated against coronavirus with a drug from AstraZeneca.

In Austria, it will be forbidden to visit stores without a coronavirus test

In Austria, from April 7, it will be forbidden to visit stores without a negative test result for coronavirus. This is written by the local newspaper The Local.

Now, in order to visit hairdressers, other service organizations, and non-food stores, you must have a coronavirus test made no more than 48 hours ago. At the same time, its result must be negative.

A coronavirus test is not required to visit stores and organizations that provide “vital” services. We are talking about banks, supermarkets, pharmacies and post offices.

Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported an increase in deaths due to COVID-19 in the world. According to the organization, the number of victims of coronavirus in the world over the past week increased by 11 percent — more than 71 thousand people died. At the same time, the organization records an increase in the number of infected people for the sixth week in a row — over the past seven days, more than four million new cases of COVID-19 have been detected.

In early April, the head of the Government of Austria, Sebastian Kurz, said that the use of the Russian vaccine “Sputnik V” will benefit the country, as it will accelerate the onset of the deadline in which everyone can be vaccinated.

Austria threatens to block the EU’s purchase of 100 million doses of vaccines

Austria is threatening to block the European Commission’s purchase of another 100 million doses of BioNTech / Pfizer vaccines if Vienna does not receive more vaccines.

This is reported by Politico with reference to diplomats from three EU countries.

The move is the latest escalation tactic by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who has campaigned for his country to get a bigger share of vaccines in the EU, even though data suggests Austria is not among the countries most in need.

The EU may receive 10 million doses of BioNTech / Pfizer in the coming months as part of a second contract with the German-American manufacturer to purchase an additional 100 million vaccines — in addition to the 500 million already ordered.

The 100 million doses were originally expected to be delivered by the end of 2021, but the company said it could deliver 10 million doses by June 30. The announcement started a fight between EU countries over the distribution of vaccines based on population size.

That fight dominated a summit of EU leaders on Thursday, and Kurz repeated his demand for more doses. While the summit ended with the leaders confirming the distribution based on population size, the leaders also instructed the EU ambassadors to address the issue of 10 million doses, leaving open the possibility that the countries most in need of vaccines will receive more.

Austria did not wait for the ambassadors to hold a discussion before stepping up the pressure.

At a meeting of the EU’s vaccine steering committee on Friday morning, Austria again demanded additional doses, this time with a threat: it will block the European Commission’s purchase of 100 million doses if Vienna does not get what it wants.

Diplomats from several EU countries have expressed outrage at the threat to Austria — and the possibility of losing 100 million doses if the purchase option is not used by mid-April.

One EU diplomat expressed anger that Austria was blocking 10 million doses to member states “ in dire need of them, such as Latvia and Bulgaria.”

“This shows that Kurz is willing to put the lives of 50 million Europeans at risk in order to get something that he doesn’t even need,” the diplomat said.

Another diplomat said that Austria has little respect for the needs of other countries.

In terms of the total number of coronavirus cases per capita since March 2020, Austria is in the bottom half of the list of EU countries, while the number of daily cases in the country is slightly below the EU average.