Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia and Slovakia will obtain a higher proportion of the 10 million vaccines that the European Union will receive in advance from Pfizer to compensate for the delays they have faced in their vaccination campaigns after having opted for the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has not met the delivery schedule expected.
Nineteen Member States, including Spain, agreed to cede to these five countries a fraction of their proportional share of these 10 million vaccines, while Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovenia decided not to share their allocation.
This means that, for example, Spain would have been entitled to receive exactly 1,057,166 of these 10 million that Pfizer has advanced -because its population represents around 10% of the European population-, but it has chosen to give up a third so that Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia and Slovakia can accelerate their vaccination campaigns and do not lag behind by not having enough doses of AstraZeneca.
In this way, Spain will receive 740,016 doses of the 10 million that Pfizer has advanced, according to a document that sets out the exact amounts that each of the Twenty-seven will receive and to which Efe had access.
Thanks to the generosity of Spain and eighteen other countries, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia and Slovakia, will receive, in addition to their proportional share per population of the total 10 million, 2.85 million additional that will only have to be distributed among them.
The joint purchase of vaccines carried out by the European Comission It implies that each country has access to these drugs proportional to its population, but States could choose to prioritize certain vaccines before knowing how their distribution was going to develop.
Bulgaria, for example, opted for AstraZeneca and not for Pfizer-BioNTech because their logistics was easier and it has had to suffer and face the cuts and delays in the deliveries of the first one.
The Portuguese Presidency of the Council, which drew up the distribution proposal, explained in a statement that it is an “extraordinary” solution that allows “a significant expression of solidarity through the distribution of nearly three million vaccines to the Member States that need it most. ”
“I welcome the agreement reached on the solidarity distribution of vaccines between the EU Member States, which allows to vaccinate at least 45% of the population of each of them by the end of June. Now we must accelerate vaccination and launch a just, ecological and digital recovery, “tweeted Portuguese Prime Minister Antònio Costa.
Austria had been one of the countries that initially had advocated for such solidarity, but it broke away from the final agreement when it became clear that it was not one of the countries that most needed extra vaccines.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.