Germany: Health Minister wants to increase pace of anti-COVID vaccination

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Published on 5 Feb 2021, 21:31
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German Health Minister Jens Spahn said the country should increase its pace of vaccination against COVID-19, speaking at a news conference in Berlin on Friday.

The official announced that 1.7 million doses of the AstraZeneca jabs would be available for use until February 19. Spahn called on Germany's federal states to administer the treatment to the prioritised groups without making provisions for the second dose.

''In the priority group one, with the most vulnerable and endangered people, we can vaccinate them more quickly. We can vaccinate those over 80 more quickly because we have for those under 64 other vaccines at our disposal, and of course this will accelerate the vaccination campaign,'' said Spahn.

''We still have hard weeks ahead of us with vaccine scarcity, especially the next eight to ten weeks until the second quarter,'' added the official.

Germany and the rest of the EU have witnessed a slow start to the COVID-19 vaccination campaign due to the scarcity of supply.

SOT, Jens Spahn, German Health Minister (German): ''With the AstraZeneca vaccine, we have 1.7 million additional vaccine doses at our disposal until February 19 that will be delivered to the federal states. The first ones will go the federal states today and tomorrow. And these vaccine doses will be inoculated and every additional vaccination is part of our campaign.''

SOT, Jens Spahn, German Health Minister (German): ''In the priority group one, with the most vulnerable and endangered people, we can vaccinate them more quickly. We can vaccinate those over 80 more quickly because we have for those under 64 other vaccines at our disposal, and of course this will accelerate the vaccination campaign.''

SOT, Jens Spahn, German Health Minister (German): ''But alone 3 million additional vaccine doses delivered in February, as announced by AstraZeneca, makes a significant difference to no AstraZeneca and this will of course accelerate the campaign, but I would like to clarify, that we still have hard weeks ahead of us with vaccine scarcity, especially the next eight to ten weeks until the second quarter and, therefore, we need to continue prioritizing.''

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