German health minister Jens Spahn revealed on Saturday that the country has started ordering vaccines for 2022 because it may need to increase doses in the future due to the spread of the mutant new coronavirus.
According to Reuters news on the 31st, Spang said in a video conference of medical staff on the 30th that Germany is currently ordering the 2022 vaccine, at least part of which must be obtained first, because no one knows whether it is necessary to increase the amount of vaccine injection or inoculate booster in the future to maintain the immunity against the new coronavirus, so vaccines must be purchased in advance as a preventive measure. Span said that 2.3 million out of 83 million people in Germany have been vaccinated with the first dose of vaccine. However, because of the sudden reduction of production announced by vaccine manufacturers such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Modena, European governments are facing a headache in the face of vaccine shortage. The German government has set up a new vaccination task force and is expected to hold a vaccine meeting with representatives of the federal and local governments, pharmaceutical factories and the European Union on the 1st.
As the second largest economy in Europe, Germany fell into stagnation during the second blockade in November. Many Germans envy the faster vaccination speed of Britain, Israel and other countries. The German federal government has been receiving criticisms for the slow progress of vaccination. German media described the government’s vaccine program as a “scandal.”;. Public opinion surveys show that people’s satisfaction with the government’s epidemic prevention has dropped to 49%, the lowest since the outbreak.
Before the meeting of the new vaccination working group, some powerful regional leaders in Germany also expressed their dissatisfaction with the federal epidemic prevention and control measures. The governor of Bavaria, Markus soeder, has put forward a new proposal to ask the federal government to allow the state more say in the supply of vaccines to the most needed groups. “We need an emergency vaccine economy, and countries need to set clear rules,” he said, calling on authorities to consider approving Chinese and Russian vaccines for use in other European countries.
According to reports, Germany had 13321 new cases and 794 deaths in a single day as of the 30th, accumulating more than 2.21 million confirmed cases and 56000 deaths. Although in the past seven days, the number of cases per 100000 people has dropped by three to 91. The government said the number must be less than 50 to prevent hospitals from being overburdened. In addition, the German Interior Ministry said it was preparing to impose entry restrictions on passengers from the UK, Brazil and South Africa due to growing domestic concerns about the variant virus. (overseas website Hou Xingchuan)
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