The virtual meeting was mainly about the handling of tests and vaccinations.
Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) advertised the corona mass tests on Monday evening after the government’s conversation with the state governors: “On the way back to normality in the coming weeks and months, mass tests and vaccinations will be the two decisive factors,” it says in a written statement. Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) promoted close cooperation and extensive digitization steps.
Kurz emphasized that the mass tests would start before Christmas – the KURIER reported. Probably some 100,000 doses of vaccine would then be delivered in January: “First we want to vaccinate the risk groups and medical staff as well as employees in nursing homes and then go out to the masses.”
With regard to today’s virtual meeting with the federal states, municipalities (via President Alfred Riedl) and cities (represented by Vienna’s Mayor Michael Ludwig / SPÖ as President of the Association of Cities), the government emphasizes that it is primarily about the handling of tests and vaccinations be. In all federal states there is the will and the willingness to advance and support both projects. The discussions on this would be intensified in the coming days.
The experience and the structure for the mass tests should then also be used for the vaccination. To this end, a vaccination plan is to be launched in the Council of Ministers on Wednesday. The government is currently assuming that the first vaccines will be approved before Christmas. These would then be delivered in tranches.
Of course, people are not so enthusiastic about the talks everywhere. From one federal state it was said on Monday evening at the APA that the federal states were not being treated on an equal footing: “But they are required to take responsibility.”