Record day in Austria: More tests and vaccinations than ever before

Day 410 in the Corona pandemic – and things are moving. Vienna has already been vaccinating over-65s since Friday, and the two-millionth vaccine dose is to be administered in Austria this weekend – and even the number of new infections is slowly going down, while a new record was set for tests: 76,482 new PCR tests were evaluated by laboratories in the past 24 hours.

What’s encouraging about this is that only 3.53 percent of them were positive. With the 2,702 confirmed new infections in the past 24 hours, the – admittedly restrained – trend of the last few days was continued. Currently, Austria has a 7-day incidence of 212, compared to 260 at the start of the hard lockdown in the east.

The vaccination campaign is also slowly gaining momentum. Since the first sting was staged on December 27, never before have so many vaccinations been administered as on Thursday. 65,932 doses were vaccinated. One every 2.5 seconds. That’s despite numerous cancellations of appointments with Astra Zeneca’s vaccine – and countries also struggling on the supply front this week with the unloved vaccine. Instead of the promised 50,900 doses, not a single one was delivered.

Bad news of the day: if vaccination were to continue at the current rate, it would still take more than 300 days to achieve herd immunity.

There is still simply too little vaccine in the country. However, this situation is expected to improve significantly in the coming weeks.

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