Today in Austria: A round up of the latest news on Monday

Today in Austria: A round up of the latest news on Monday
The facade of the Kunsthaus Wien Hundertwasserhaus (Hundertwasser house) designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (Photo by ALEXANDER KLEIN / AFP)
Find out what's going on on Monday  in Austria with The Local's short roundup of the news. 

Doubts over EU-wide green pass 

Tourism Minister Köstinger said that achieving an EU-wide green travel pass allowing travel to resume by the summer would be a “challenge”, during an interview with public broadcaster ORF’s political talk show Pressestunde on 9 May, the Kronen Zeitung newspaper reports.

Köstinger also said Austria would strike bilateral agreements with neighbouring states if the green pass failed.

Seven day incidence is 105

The seven-day incidence, or the number of new infections with the coronavirus in the past seven days per 100,000 inhabitants, is 105, according to the AGES database.

The number is highest in Vorarlberg (177.8) and in Styria (140.3). The number is lowest in Burgenland at 55.0.

Criticism of Finance Minister

Austria’s Deputy Chancellor Kogler has intensified his criticism against Finance Minister Blümel for the latter’s failure to provide evidence to the parliamentary inquiry into the Ibiza scandal in a timely fashion.

Kogler told the Kleine Zeitung newspaper that Blümel had shown “a lack of respect for the institutions, the Constitutional Court and parliament.”

Manufacturer MAN ‘can be forced’ to keep production site

German lorry and bus manufacturer MAN can be forced to respect a commitment it made in 2019 to preserve its production site in the Austrian town of Steyr until 2030, Der Standard newspaper reports, according to a legal opinion commissioned by a workers’ union.

AstraZeneca doses will not be offered in near future

There will soon be no more injections with the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine in Austria, Der Standard newspaper reports. According to the Ministry of Health, it is most likely at all future first vaccination appointments will offer a vaccine by Biontech / Pfizer or Moderna.

As only 28,800 vaccines from Johnson & Johnson have been delivered this vaccine will not be offered widely. 

Appointments can be booked for all adults in Lower Austria

Everyone aged 16 and over can book a coronavirus vaccination appointment from today in Lower Austria. 

Vienna ‘slowest to vaccinate’

Vienna is the slowest to vaccinate its citizens out of all Austria’s federal states, broadcaster ORF reports. Around 543,000 people in Vienna have now received a first dose of the vaccine and 195,000 are fully immunized. According to the city, the reason is many people from Lower Austria and Burgenland who work in the capital were vaccinated in Vienna.

Vorarlberg will vaccinated everyone who is registered by mid-June

In Vorarlberg, all people – regardless of age or risk factors – who registered for a vaccine appointment by the beginning of May should be vaccinated against the coronavirus by mid-June, according to APA.

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Delays on A23 

The Vienna Südosttangente (A23) was completely closed to the south on Monday morning after a truck caught fire, broadcaster ORF reports. The fire has now been extinguished. There are currently delays of around an hour on the approach from the Danube bank motorway (A22) to the Kaisermühlen junction. 

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