Coronavirus in Switzerland – Cantons too slow to vaccinate could receive fewer doses

The Federal Council wants to put pressure on the cantons which are behind schedule in the vaccination campaign, including Vaud and Valais.

The cantons of Vaud and Valais only administered a quarter of the doses in stock in their cantonal pharmacies. (Illustrative photo)

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Alain Berset and the cantonal directors of public health want the vaccination process to be accelerated, according to a statement released on Saturday. Because it appears today that some cantons were not yet able to quickly benefit their population from the vaccine. These could subsequently receive fewer doses, according to the “NZZ am Sonntag”.

The cantons of Vaud and Valais, which have administered only a quarter of the doses in stock in their cantonal pharmacies, are lagging behind. And the canton of Zurich only plans to use half of the serum provided by the end of the month alone.

However, the country also has good students: “In some cantons, we have exceptional results, for example in Ticino”, declares to the “NZZ am Sonntag” Nora Kronig, deputy director of the Federal Office of Public Health . It does not comment on the possible consequences for the backward cantons.

Delays in delivery

However, the vaccination campaign also suffers from delays in vaccine delivery. In the “SonntagsBlick”, Dan Staner, director of Moderna Europe, is optimistic: “7.5 million doses ordered by Bern will be delivered in installments until summer 2021. If all goes as planned, a little less half of the population could be treated with our vaccine by the summer. ”

He also explains that Switzerland, the first country to have chosen Moderna’s vaccine, will not benefit from preferential treatment, however: “Each country deserves to be treated on an equal footing. We do not stock vaccines and only deliver them when a country orders them. ”

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