Austria's Kurtz says first priority is to 'accelerate production and procurement of vaccines for the future'

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurtz and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen will visit Israel in early March to discuss medical cooperation, Kurtz announced on Twitter on Saturday.

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With the vaccines against COVID-19 now in use, life will return to normal in summer, he said, new mutations may require new inoculations and treatments.

"The aim must be to adapt the existing vaccines and treatments as quickly as possible or to produce new ones as quickly as possible - and to do so independently," he asserted, adding that Austria has been working on its own capacities for research and production.