Austria Plans Vaccine Drive in Schwaz, an Area Hard Hit by South African Virus Variant

By Anna Breuer on 4 March 2021
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Bundeskanzler Sebastian Kurz announced that his government will carry out a mass vaccination drive in Schwaz, a district in the Tirol hard hit by the variant B.1.351 that was first identified in South Africa.

All residents of Schwaz over the age of 16 will be eligible for vaccinations when the drive starts next week.

Schwaz is an administrative district of the Tyrol that borders Bavaria in Germany in the north, the districts of Kufstein, Kitzbühel, and Pinzgau in Salzburg in the east, the South Tyrol or Südtirol in the south, and the Innsbruck-Land district in the west. It has a population of about 86,000 people.

Kurz termed the vaccination drive “our chance to eradicate the variant in the region of Schwaz.”

While the infection rate in the Tyrol has fallen from greatly since its peak in November, the concern over Schwaz is because a high number of new cases were caused by the South African variant, accounting for 66 of the 88 active confirmed cases there..

The B.1.351 variant is of tremendous concern to health officials because of doubts over whether all vaccines currently available are fully effective against it.

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