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The coronavirus is shaping our lives. Here’s what happened concerning COVID-19 in Austria in the week from Feb. 7-14.

February 10

News From Austria

  • The Austrian government ordered 6 million more vaccine doses from the bulk order of the EU.
    • The biggest part of these additional doses, 4.7 million doses, will come from the US company Moderna and will be delivered in Q2, 2021.
    • The other 1.3 million additional doses will be produced by the French company Valneva and delivered by the end of this year.
    • In total, Austria has now secured vaccines for a total cost of €388.8 million, bringing the total of secured vaccine doses to 30.5 million :
      • 11.5 million doses from Pfizer-Biontech
      • 5.9 million doses from AstraZeneca
      • 4.7 million doses from Moderna
      • 3 million from Curevac
      • 2.5 million doses from Johnson & Johnson
      • 1.9 million doses from Novavax
      • 1.2 million doses from Valneva
      • 200,000 doses from Sanofi
  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) advised the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for people of all ages.
    • The vaccine protects effectively against severe disease, the advisory body of the WHO said in a statement.
    • It also took note of recent results from a South African trial that indicated that the vaccine is less effective in preventing mild forms of the coronavirus when infected with the variant B.1.351.
    • The advisory body underlined that it is normal that a vaccine prevents mild disease less effectively than severe disease and saw it as “plausible that the vaccine is efficient against severe disease” even when caused by this variant.

  • Austrian ministries reported 1,469 new infections in the last 24 hours.
    • The 7-day-incidence stands at 102 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • The German biotech company Biontech has started to produce vaccine in its new Marburg plant.
    • According to the company, the site will be able to produce 750 million vaccine doses this year, 250 million of those still in the first half of the year.
    • The EU has ordered a total of 600 million doses of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine, enough for 300 million of its 450 million inhabitants.
    • However, harsh criticism has been leveled at the slow deliveries and slow rollout of the vaccine campaign in the Union.
    • The doses of the Marburg plant will start to be delivered at the earliest in four weeks’ time – that is the period needed to ensure proper quality control.
  • The Austrian government has issued strict measures to isolate Tyrol and contain the virus variant B.1.351 which is spreading there.
    • Starting this Friday, everyone traveling from Tyrol needs to show a negative coronavirus test result.
    • The police will control at the borders of the federal state.
    • The government also issued a travel warning for all Austrians not to currently travel to Tyrol if not absolutely necessary.

News From Elsewhere

  • Russia is only slowly vaccinating its population, despite having been one of the first countries to develop and approve a vaccine against the coronavirus.
    • The vector vaccine Sputnik V was recently confirmed to have high efficacy, as published in a Lancet study.
    • Nevertheless and despite having started to vaccinate its population already last summer, only 2.2 million Russians have so far been vaccinated (that is 1.5% of the population).

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Amina Frassl
Amina is Metropole's online content manager. She writes about news and news analysis and is currently completing her studies in journalism and politics at NYU.

Numbers

For current numbers, check the website of Ministry of Health and the AGES dashboard.

Resources

The City of Vienna has compiled comprehensive information on questions and answers regarding coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease in English.

The Austrian Ministry of Health has put together FAQs on the coronavirus and also provides material to download on how to protect yourself and others from the disease, also in English.

Furthermore, the ministry will constantly update its German-language website with information on the number of people tested and cases of COVID-19 in Austria.

Hotlines

Health advice by telephone1450

If you show symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties) or fear that you are ill, stay at home and dial health number 1450 for further procedures (diagnostic clarification).

Coronavirus hotline AGES+43 0800 555 621

The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) answers questions about the coronavirus (general information on transmission, symptoms, prevention) 24 hours a day at +43 0800 555 621.

VKI hotline for travel law questions+43 0800 201 211

For legal questions concerning trips that have already been booked (e.g. whether a trip can be cancelled free of charge), the experts of the Association for Consumer Information (VKI) provide advice free of charge from Monday to Sunday between 09:00 and 15:00 at +43 0800 201 211.