Despite oversupply, the Valneva vaccine is ready to be distributed in Austria

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After delays, 74,000 doses of the Austrian-French corona virus vaccine Valneva are ready to be vaccinated. The aim is to get it to 22.8 percent of the population in particular those that have still not been vaccinated. 

By the end of the week, the corona virus vaccine from the Austrian-French company Valneva will also be offered in the federal states upon request. In lower Austria, the inactivated vaccine can be used for a review or an initial vaccination from Saturday. The doses arrive at a time in which there are an excessive supply of vaccinations in Austria. 

After delivery delays, this Monday 74,000 of the 150,000 requested doses of the vaccine will be offered to people between 18 and 50 years old and is thought to be the first vaccination for many people that have, until now, been critical of the vaccination.

In Austria, 22.8 percent of the population have never received a vaccination, according to the minister of health, Rauch, this should now be amended with the inactivated vaccine. Another advantage of the vaccine is that it can be stored at fridge temperature for a long period of time. 

The general demand for vaccinations has reduced drastically in Austria, despite important publicity campaigns to promote it. In the last seven days, only 499 people have been vaccinated in Austria. 

Obtaining vaccines from the Europe Union has caught attention in the past, the EU commission under Ursula Von der Leyen cancelled the request for 60 million doses of the Valneva vaccine at the last minute, instead, they only delivered 1.25 million throughout all of the EU.

Now the president of the commission has a close relationship with the head of Pfizer, Albert Bourla, and there are suspicious text messages between both parties about requests for billions of vaccine orders that are still under lock and key, as reported by exxpress.at


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