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Austrian chancellor says some EU states have ‘secret’ vaccine contracts

Austria’s chancellor Sebastian Kurz on

Friday suggested that some European countries may have signed “secret

contracts” with vaccine companies to receive more jabs than they were

entitled to based on EU rules.

EU members have agreed that vaccines should be distributed among countries

based on population size, but Kurz said that after comparing total

procurement between member states, it became clear that “deliveries do not

follow the per capita quota system”.

“There are clues that point to so-called bazaars where additional

agreements between member states and pharmaceutical companies were made,”

Kurz said, adding that some members appear to be receiving higher vaccine

deliveries per capita than other countries.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)