Austria: The first member of the government to be vaccinated was AstraZeneca


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Minister of Education and Science Heinz Fasman became today (16/04) the first member of the coalition government in Austria, which is vaccinated against the new coronavirus.

Heinz Fasman, 65, was announced by the Ministry of Education in Vienna. was vaccinated with the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine at a doctor’s office in the Land of Lower Austria, where vaccinations are currently given to people born in 1955 and later.

“I am extremely relieved, because the vaccination is just a small sting, but it has great results,” said the minister, noting that “With vaccination we create the way back to the normality that we all miss so much.”

Heinz Fassman, calling on the teachers who have the vaccination appointment in front of them to do so, stressed that “in this way, not only do you protect your own health, but you also contribute to a safe school, which will then eventually be able to to function normally again “.

Addressing people who are still hesitant about vaccination as Minister of Science, he noted that “the risk of a vaccine is much lower than the risk of a coronavirus disease, with often severe consequences.”

Kurtz: We see a slight decrease in the number of infections

“The extra doses of the BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine mean a further boost to vaccinations, and anyone who wants to be vaccinated will receive their vaccination by the end of June.” assured the Federal Chancellor of Austria, Sebastian Kurtz, in the context of the current consultations at the Chancellery in Vienna, regarding the further confrontation of the pandemic in the country.

The coalition government of the Kurtz and Greens, with experts, with the leaders of the three opposition parties and with the governors of the nine Austrian L .nder, is holding a teleconference consultation with the government, which is expected to announce the results.

The federal chancellery expects that out of a total of 1,000,000 additional doses of the BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine, 100,000 additional doses will arrive in Austria in April, 300,000 in May and 600,000 in June.

Kurtz believes that the pandemic situation is stable at the moment, but different from region to region, noting that according to the APE-MPE that “we see a slight decrease in the number of infections, and of course this has a positive effect on the number of people who must be treated in hospitals “.

Prior to the start of the consultation, the so-called Traffic Light Committee, which assesses the development of the coronavirus epidemic in the country, assessed that there is a peak of the current wave and reiterated its recommendation for the necessary precautionary measures to reduce contacts, as well as for frequent test, explicitly welcoming the extension of the “hard lockdown” until 2 May in the states of Vienna and Lower Austria.

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