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420,000 doses of vaccine reserved for Lux



The European Commission has ordered nearly 400m doses of anti-covid vaccine from the various pharmaceutical companies involved in the race against the pandemic. Shutterstock

The European Commission has ordered nearly 400m doses of anti-covid vaccine from the various pharmaceutical companies involved in the race against the pandemic. Shutterstock

While the world awaits a vaccine against Sars-Cov2, already responsible for over 1m deaths since the start of the pandemic, Luxembourg is guaranteed to receive 420,000 doses as the beneficiary of the joint order by the European Commission which covers nearly 400m doses.

It’s a distribution calculated "in proportion to the population of the different member states", specifies Paulette Lenert (LSAP) in her answer to a parliamentary question from Sven Clement (Piratepartei). Luxembourg will receive 0.14% of the doses, or 420,000 doses to start. The health minister considers this figure sufficient. "If necessary, Luxembourg can still order additional doses through the Commission," she said. This detail is important since it usually takes two doses to vaccinate an individual. 

Asked about a disclaimer included in the contract between the pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca and the Commission, Ms Lenert admits that she cannot "disclose more information on the terms of the contract", but recalls that any possible damage caused by a vaccine is covered by the law of 4 July 2000 relating to the State's responsibility for vaccination.

This article originally appeared on Paperjam.lu and has been translated and edited for Delano.