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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