An agreement was found between the ambassadors of the EU countries on the distribution of 10 million doses of the anti-Covid vaccine manufactured by Pfizer / BioNTech, which has promised to deliver them by the end of June, rather than in the third quarter as planned.
The agreement, however, was not unanimous, with three countries – Austria, Slovenia and the Czech Republic – which decided to receive doses in proportion to their population, while the other 24 have decided to divide the doses through un joint sharing mechanism, giving five states back in the countryside (Bulgaria, Latvia, Estonia, Croatia and Slovenia) more vaccines than the mere population calculation. For example, Germany will only receive 1.3 million doses of the 10 million, compared to the 1.8 million it would have received if distributed in proportion to the population.
At the center of the controversy were the delays in deliveries by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. This had led several EU members to ask for the 10 million extra doses to be redistributed in their favor.