Vaccine solidarity in the EU continues to crumble. First of all on the eastern front. After Hungary, which ordered both Chinese and Russian vaccines, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are now also announcing that ze have bought millions of doses of the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine. The aforementioned countries are not waiting for the approval of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which is considered too slow.
That is not surprising. Because the Czech Republic and Slovakia are among the countries with the highest incidence and mortality rates in the world. According to the Slovak Prime Minister, the Russian doses will make it possible to speed up the vaccination rate “by 40%”.
Austria and Denmark
Then there are Austrian Chancellor Kurz and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. They meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on Thursday in an attempt to negotiate a deal with Israel on vaccines. According to Austrian Chancellor Kurz, his country “no longer wants to rely solely on the EU for the production of second-generation vaccines.
Poland is also looking for solutions to the vaccine shortage outside the EU.