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Austrian Health Minister Anschober Announces Resignation Over Health Issues

VIENNA – Austrian Health Minister Rudolf Anschober announced on Tuesday his intention to step down from the ministerial post due to health problems and exhaustion from combating the coronavirus pandemic. The 60-year-old recently had to take sick leave twice due to blood circulation problems. “After consultations with my doctors, I decided to step down from […]

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Australia refuses to buy J&J vaccine due to AstraZeneca similarities, as both firms are scrutinized over blood clots

Australia has declined to purchase a vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson, because its mechanism is similar to the one used in AstraZeneca’s jab. Both vaccines are currently being investigated for links to blood clots. The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine is “an adenovirus vaccine, the same type of vaccine as the AstraZeneca vaccine,” a spokesperson for […]

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Austria negotiates to buy 1mn doses of Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine as Chancellor Kurz rejects ‘geopolitical blinkers’

Austria is to order a million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, one month after a successful phone call between Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Kremlin. It will be the third EU country to receive the formula. The news came from the chancellor himself, who revealed that Vienna and Moscow are engaged in talks, […]

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Austrian chancellor suspects ‘secret contracts’ signed at ‘vaccine bazaar’ behind unequal jab distribution in EU

Covid-19 jabs are being distributed unevenly between EU member states, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said, pointing to “secret contracts” signed at a “vaccine bazaar” with big pharma by the bloc’s vaccination steering board. “Deliveries are not happening in line with population,” Kurz told a press conference organized at short notice on Friday. He added that the […]

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‘Just as Reliable and Efficient’: Austrian Professor Likens Sputnik V Vaccine to Kalashnikov Rifle

Austria launched its vaccination effort in December, offering citizens inoculations with Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, or AstraZeneca. Certain Austrian firms are also negotiating with Russia on Sputnik V production, according to the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, one of the vaccine’s promoters abroad. Austria’s top infectologist, Professor Florian Thalhammer, believes that the efficacy and reliability […]

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Austrian Chancellor Speaks Against Tying Future of Nord Stream Gas Link to Navalny Case

MOSCOW – Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has rejected calls to abandon the Nord Stream 2 pipeline construction after a Russian court jailed opposition activist Alexey Navalny for 3.5 years. “I welcome the German federal government’s decision to stand by Nord Stream 2”, Kurz said in an interview with the Welt am Sonntag newspaper, published Saturday. […]

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Austrian Chancellor Says Ready to Get Vaccinated With Sputnik V If It Gets EU Approval

MOSCOW – Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says he is ready to get vaccinated with the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine or the Chinese vaccine, if they are approved by the EU. “Yes [I am ready to get vaccinated], if the vaccines [Russia’s and China’s] are approved in Europe,” Kurz said in an interview with the […]

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Russian Ambassador Notes Austria’s Great Interest in Russian Coronavirus Vaccines Use

VIENNA – The experience of administration of Russian vaccines against COVID-19 is raising a great interest in Austria even though the countries are not currently engaged in specific negotiations, Russian ambassador Dmitry Lyubinsky said, praising the efficacy of the Russian vaccines. “There are currently no negotiations on exact plans related to the potential use of […]

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Fugging Unbelievable! Austrian Village to Ditch Unfortunate Obscene Name

The original name of the small village has no special meaning or any connotations in German, while the new toponym will better reflect its pronunciation in the local accent. The Austrian village of Fucking (pronounced fooking in Standard German) will change its name to Fugging on 1 January 2021, Mayor Andrea Holzner told the broadcaster […]

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DRAMATIC VIDEOS show running gun battles with police in central Vienna amid suspected terrorist attack 🎞️

Cell phone footage of a suspected terrorist attack originally reported to be taking place near Vienna’s main synagogue shows a massive police response and officers exchanging fire with one or multiple gunmen. In one video, filmed from above, a man dressed in white with a black balaclava can be seen going down a cobblestone-lined street […]

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Gift from Trump? More than 100 Austrians get US Treasury stimulus cheques by mistake

Nearly 130 Austrians have been stunned to receive $1,200 cheques signed by none other than US President Donald Trump. Washington’s sudden generosity appears to be a result of a mistake in its Covid-19 relief package system. Citizens of the small Alpine nation, located thousands of miles away from America, were baffled by the envelopes containing […]

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Chancellor Kurz Points Out Austria’s Responsibility for World War II

VIENNA -Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Friday delivered a speech timed with the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in which he recalled the responsibility of his own country for the events of 1939-1945. “The horrors of National Socialism were so indescribable that we should make sure to draw our lessons […]

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No need to extend Covid-19 home quarantine: Austria to let people out from May 1 and allow gatherings soon

Austrians will soon be able to walk with no restrictions and gather in groups of 10, as coronavirus measures will be gradually lifted starting next month. The easing of the self-isolation measures was announced by Health Minister Rudolf Anschober, who said that the spread of the novel coronavirus remains quite slow and the forecast for […]

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Austria plans to massively expand coronavirus testing in coming days – Kurz

Austria will massively expand coronavirus testing in the coming days to locate and isolate infected people and avoid an Italian-like overload of its health system, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has said. The Alpine republic with a population of 8.8 million has tested around 28,400 people so far with nearly 4,900 cases and 28 deaths confirmed, Reuters […]

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Austria to Ban Entry for Citizens of Russia, 3 Other States Over COVID-19 – Chancellor

VIENNA (Sputnik) – Austria will introduce an entry ban for citizens of Russia, Ukraine, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Sunday. The chancellor added that all restaurants across the country would be closed starting 17 March, while supermarkets and food delivery companies will continue to […]

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