Today in Austria: A round-up of the latest news on Monday

Today in Austria: A round-up of the latest news on Monday
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Find out what's going on in Austria today with The Local's short round-up of the news.

‘Huge increases’ in vaccine

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has told the Der Standard newspaper that she expects huge increases in the quantities of coronavirus vaccines manufactured in Europe.

She told the Austrian newspaper from the second quarter of the year there will be 100 million doses per month and 300 million by the end of June.

She also said she intervened personally in arranging for extra vaccine doses to be sent to the Schwaz area of Tyrol which has seen an outbreak of the South African strain of the coronavirus. 

Schwaz residents register for vaccinations

Around 80 percent or 42,000 of the 50,000 eligible residents of the Tyrolean district of Schwaz have registered for a vaccination with the extra Biontech-Pfizer vaccines made available by the EU to combat the South African strain of the virus in the region, broadcaster ORF reports.

The vaccinations will start on Thursday. The project will be monitored nationally and internationally by scientists..

Rise in coronavirus cases

Coronavirus cases are rising slightly in Austria, and the more infectious British variant of the coronavirus is already causing 58.4 percent of cases.

Health minister Rudolf Anschober is warning of a “pandemic within the pandemic”

The 7-day incidence or the number of new infections with the coronavirus in the past seven days per 100,000 inhabitants, rose again slightly.

According to the Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), it is 178.6 as of Sunday. The number is highest in Salzburg (240.0), Vienna (210.1) and Lower Austria (209.6). The value is still lowest in Vorarlberg (75.5) and Tyrol (124.6).

The corona dashboard shows 557.813 people have had their first dose of coronavirus vaccine, around 6% of the population.  245.160 people have had both doses.

Thousands of vaccines shelved after death

Following the death of a nurse in Lower Austria after being vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, the batch in question will not be used, leaving 6,000 vaccine doses unused according to the Federal Office for Health Safety (BASG).

Vaccination doses of other batches of the company can be administered. As a result, thousands of vaccination appointments in Carinthia and Lower Austria were cancelled on Sunday. 


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