World Corona pandemic: First vaccinations in December

00:30  24 november  2020
00:30  24 november  2020 Source:   sueddeutsche.de

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Almost all federal states are optimistic about providing the infrastructure in the next three weeks. The vaccines should also be available by then.

Zwei Drittel der Bevölkerung müssen geimpft werden, um einen ausreichenden Schutz gegen das Virus zu erreichen. © dpa Two thirds of the population have to be vaccinated in order to achieve adequate protection against the virus. First vaccinations in December

In mid-December, the first vaccinations against the coronavirus can begin in Germany. This is what Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) announced. In fact, according to SZ research, almost all federal states see themselves in a position to do so. A start of vaccination from mid-December is considered realistic, it was said from Munich, Wiesbaden and Stuttgart, among others. Most countries already have detailed implementation plans. It is also becoming more and more likely that vaccines will also be available at this point. Since two weeks ago the Mainz company Biontech and shortly afterwards the US company Moderna presented the first efficacy data of the final test phase of their vaccines, the cooperation between the University of Oxford and Astra Zeneca followed on Monday.

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"We can expect that there will be a first approval in December," said Spahn on Monday after a visit to the vaccine manufacturer IDT Biologika in Dessau. The federal and state governments work closely together and agree that they have to be prepared for this case: "We would find it difficult to explain to the Germans that although there is a vaccine, we do not yet have the infrastructure." According to the Ministry of Health, the federal states have already named their delivery centers for the vaccine. The vaccination doses would be distributed by the federal government according to the usual population key.

It is a preventive program that Germany has never seen before. According to experts, two thirds of the population would have to be vaccinated in order to achieve comprehensive protection for the entire population. But the countries see themselves as well positioned. "Yes, we can do it," said Christian Bernreiter (CSU), President of the Bavarian District Association. As in most of the large states in Bavaria, at least one vaccination center should be available in all districts and urban districts by December 15. Dozens of freezers, 13 million syringes and 58 million needles have been ordered in Bavaria alone, and other countries have similar order lists.

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Medical staff is already being mobilized. In Bavaria, 2,400 doctors have already signed up to the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KV); in Baden-Württemberg, KV and university hospitals should provide enough staff.

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Nevertheless, the project will take months. In 30 vaccination centers, 1000 people should be vaccinated every day of the week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., said Hesse's Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU). If everything works, the desired herd immunity can be achieved in eight to nine months.

On Wednesday, the Prime Ministers and the Chancellery want to discuss further measures against the pandemic. It is becoming apparent that the November restrictions will be continued and in some cases tightened. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert called the number of new infections on Monday "far too high". The coordination between the federal and state governments for the talks on Wednesday took place "in a constructive and good atmosphere".

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