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Several EU countries urge Brussels to adjust vaccine distribution mechanisms

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%.

Five Countries Call for Reconsideration of Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution within EU

Latvia, Austria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria are calling for a European summit to discuss the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine among EU states.

This is stated in a joint letter of these states, reports ERR.

“We urge you … to hold a discussion of this important issue among the leaders of (European states) as soon as possible,” says a letter sent to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel.

Representatives from five countries emphasize that some pharmaceutical companies do not supply coronavirus vaccine on a fair basis.

“If this system persists, it will continue to create and increase huge imbalances among member states by the summer, as a result of which some countries could achieve herd immunity in a few weeks, while others would be far behind,” it says.

Note that on Friday, March 12, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said that some EU countries could secretly sign contracts for additional vaccine supplies. He claims that he has data that confirms the suspicions.

In his opinion, the supply system “does not correspond to the per capita quota system.” As an example, he cited Malta, which “by the end of June will receive three times more doses than Bulgaria … until the end of July.”

Earlier we reported that the EU will issue vaccination passports in case of vaccination with vaccines approved by the EU regulator.

Curfew lifted in Latvia

The Latvian authorities have lifted the curfew on the weekend.

As reported by Leta.lt Instead, there will be increased police work to prevent mass gatherings of people.

So far, the curfew has been in effect from 22:00 to 5:00 on Friday night and Saturday night.

According to Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, the police will more closely monitor compliance with the restrictions on meetings, border crossings, and quarantine.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs initiated the lifting of the curfew. According to the police, the employees will work less at night, and this will make it possible to save on wages.

Now, on weekends at night, the police employ approximately 30% of the number of employees who worked during the curfew.

As previously reported, from February 11 to 25, Latvia tightened measures aimed at containing the coronavirus pandemic and banned entry for non-essential reasons from all EU countries, the Single Economic Zone, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Recall that in Latvia until January 11, there was a state of emergency caused by the fight against the spread of coronavirus.

Latvia imposed a holiday weekend curfew

The Latvian government is introducing a curfew for the upcoming holiday weekend — from December 30 to January 4 and January 8-10. On these days, from 22:00 to 5:00, everyone should be at home.

This was announced by Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, Delfi reports.

In Latvia, the state of emergency has also been extended until February 7.

Karins said that over the past week, an average of 17 people dies from the coronavirus every day, and this must be stopped. Health Minister Ilze Vinkele, in turn, called for a “quiet weekend” to study information about vaccines and recalled that more than 1000 patients are fighting for their lives in hospitals.

At the same time, they do not plan to restrict the movement of people during the day — shops and cafes will work from 6:00 to 21:00.

As for the punishment for violating the new restrictions, each curfew case will be considered individually. According to the head of the State Police Armand Rooks, if a person went to an around-the-clock pharmacy for medicine, this is a completely different situation than if someone drunk walks around the city at night and has fun.

Those who can give a good reason why he went out into the street will not be fined.

The army will help enforce the curfew.

Note that in Latvia, the fine for violation of coronavirus restrictions is up to 2000 euros for individuals and up to 5000 euros for companies.

Recall that Israel was the first in the world to announce the third lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic — a hard quarantine began in the country on December 27.

Latvia announced a possible catastrophe in the country due to COVID-19

On December 16, the chief infection specialist of the Latvian Ministry of Health, Ugo Dumpis, said that if the incidence of COVID-19 cannot be reduced, then the country will face a disaster.

He said that it is necessary to introduce new restrictions in the coming weeks to reduce the incidence rate.

“Only a lower incidence will protect the health care system and the economy from disaster,” Dumpis wrote on Twitter.

In early December, the state of emergency was extended in Latvia until January 11 due to the situation with the coronavirus.

In mid-November, the Minister of Health of the Republic, Ilze Vinkele, announced that mass New Year celebrations in Latvia would not take place this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the same time, a month earlier, the Latvian government supported a bill developed by the Ministry of Justice, according to which a fine of up to €50 is provided for refusing to wear a protective mask in public places.

According to the Worldometer portal, as of December 16, 27.4 thousand cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Latvia, 382 patients died, 18.1 thousand people recovered.