Leaders of Austria, Czechia, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Latvia sent a letter to EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU Council President Charles Michel, requesting a meeting on vaccine distribution.
In the letter published by the Austrian media, the leaders of 5 countries demanded that the vaccines be distributed proportionally to the population of the country.
The European Council and the EU Commission made a statement on the subject after the Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz announced on social media that they sent a letter yesterday, who argued that the vaccines were not distributed fairly.
An official from the EU Council stated that they received the letter and that the Covid-19 outbreak is among the issues to be discussed at the EU Leaders Summit to be held on March 25-26.
EU COMMISSION: DISTRIBUTION TO THE MOST FAIR POPULATION
The EU Commission, on the other hand, released a statement to clarify how vaccines are distributed to member countries. Reminding that the Commission made mass purchases from pharmaceutical companies producing vaccines on behalf of the member countries, it was stated that the fairest method would be distribution in proportion to the population, and the EU Commission offered it.
However, it was emphasized that EU countries added a “flexibility” method that allows a different distribution, taking into account the situation of the epidemic and the vaccination need of each country, and “departed” from the Commission’s proposal.
“In this system, if an EU member decides not to receive the ration set in proportion to its population, these doses are distributed among the other members who want it,” the statement said. information was shared.
In the statement of the Commission, it was emphasized that the transition to the proportional distribution to the population again depends on the decision of the EU countries.
HIGHEST VACCINATION RATE IS IN MALTA, LOWEST IN BULGARIA
Austrian Prime Minister Kurz said that the principle of distributing Covid-19 vaccines according to the population in EU countries was not applied, and this situation caused unfair distribution between countries.
Kurz argued, for example, that more vaccinations were done in Denmark and Malta, while less in Bulgaria and Latvia.
According to data from 8 to 12 March, the highest vaccination rate in the EU is currently in Malta, with 25 percent. After Malta is Hungary, which received 17 percent vaccines from China.
The vaccination rate, which is 14 percent in Denmark, is between 11 percent and 12 percent in many other EU countries.
The lowest vaccination rates are in Bulgaria with 4.8 percent, Latvia with 5 percent and Croatia with 6.4 percent. In Austria, 10.3 percent of the population has been vaccinated.