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Kurz: Vaccinations in Austria may start on Christmas Eve

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Kurz: Vaccinations in Austria may start on Christmas Eve
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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has said Austria may start vaccinations as early as Christmas Eve - the day the vaccine is expected to be delivered to states across the EU.

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Kurz has promised that the work to start vaccinations will begin as soon as the vaccines arrive. 

“We won't wait a day, but rather start distributing the vaccine quickly as soon as the delivery arrives in Austria” Kurz said in a video conference on Thursday. 

The vaccines are expected to be approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on the 21st of December, with delivery across the EU likely on the 24th. 

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READ: Austria reveals three-stage coronavirus vaccination plan 

This means that vaccinations may start on Christmas Eve, Kurier reports, slightly earlier than the previous January start date. 

However, initial vaccination numbers are expected to be relatively low, with only 10,000 doses delivered to each member state before Christmas. 

In total, an expected 900,000 doses of the vaccine are expected to be delivered across Austria in the first quarter of 2021. 

 

 

 

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