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EU’s Vaccine Solidarity Tested by Austria-Led Block of Doses

  • EU members fail to reach consensus deal on sharing extra shots
  • Austria, Czech Republic, Slovenia blocked compromise proposal
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Infighting among European Union countries over how to disburse extra Covid doses to states most in need ended with no unanimous agreement, undermining the bloc’s delicate approach to vaccine solidarity.

Austria led the Czech Republic and Slovenia into blocking a proposal that would have diverted 3 million extra doses to five countries lagging in their vaccination efforts, according to officials familiar with the talks. The shots are part of 10 million shots Pfizer Inc. will deliver ahead of schedule.