Status: 02/28/2021 6:50 p.m.
The incidence value in the Czech Republic is currently around 760, higher than anywhere else in the EU. Vaccine is scarce in the country – as everywhere. Three German federal states now want to help out and deliver 15,000 cans.
Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia want to help the Czech Republic with a corona vaccine. The delivery of a total of 15,000 vaccine doses to the neighboring country is planned from Monday, confirmed Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer MDR. The Czech government will decide on further distribution.
Kretschmer did not say which vaccine it is exactly. So far, three vaccines have been inoculated in the EU: those from BioNTech / Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca. The first two are approved for all age groups, the need here is significantly greater than the current offer. The situation is different with the AstraZeneca vaccine. In Germany, it is only allowed to be vaccinated on people under 65 For many of them, who are already on according to the vaccination plan, there are reservations as to why there are currently excess doses in Germany.
Thuringia’s Minister of Health Heike Werner announced that the Free State would provide several thousand AstraZeneca cans from the safety reserve created in the event of delivery failures. “I think there is no alternative to this aid measure in view of the tragedy,” she said.
The Czech Republic also wants to use Russian vaccine
The Czech government is considering using the Sputnik V vaccine from Russia and possibly also the vaccine from the Chinese manufacturer Sinopharm. Both have not yet been approved by the EU, but are already inoculated in the EU country Hungary.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said the Russian vaccine could also be used without a European approval from the competent authority EMA. “We cannot wait for the EMA if Russia has not applied for a permit.” Approval from the Czech pharmaceutical authority SUKL is sufficient.
Hard lockdown from Monday
The Czech Republic currently has the highest infection rate in the entire EU. On Saturday, the authorities reported 7798 new corona infections within 24 hours – similar to Germany, which, however, has eight times more inhabitants. Several of the districts particularly badly affected by Corona in Germany are on the border with the Czech Republic. Entry from there is only possible to a limited extent in order to prevent the further spread of virus variants that are considered to be particularly contagious.
The lockdown in the Czech Republic will be much tougher from Monday. People are only allowed to leave their respective district for three weeks in exceptional cases. More than 25,000 police officers and up to 5,000 soldiers are supposed to monitor compliance with the strict measures. Failure to comply could result in fines equivalent to more than 400 euros. Walks and sports are even only allowed within a narrow radius. Visiting relatives is prohibited. Only absolutely necessary shops are allowed to open.