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Austria plans to start its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in January, the health minister said Tuesday, with the elderly, at-risk groups and health professionals being first in line.

The country will acquire more than 16 million doses of the through the European Union which has signed six contracts for supplies, according to Clemens Martin Auer, who coordinates the ‘s pandemic response.

“In all likelihood we can start in January,” Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said.

“Our goal is to vaccinate at least 50 percent of the population,” he told a news conference, adding that the