Germany Could Get Millions of Vaccines Early from Moderna
Germany has the prospect of an early million-dollar delivery from pharmaceutical company Moderna to counter the impending shortage of corona vaccines.
According to sources in Brussels, Berlin could receive 10 million doses of the vaccine in December and another 25 million in the first quarter of 2022.
The impending vaccine shortage in Germany results from the accelerated booster campaign. As a result, more people receive an extra shot faster. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach acknowledged that there are not enough doses for everyone this week. He also said that there are not enough vaccines in the house for the first quarter of the new year either.
Doctors’ organizations reacted with incomprehension to that news. According to the organizations, the blame lies with the previous health minister, Jens Spahn. According to the doctors, he would have done too little to stock up on sufficient vaccines, while he could have seen the shortage coming. Minister Hubertus Heil (Employment) also places the blame on Spahn.
The budget committee of the German parliament already announced on Wednesday that it would release another 2.2 billion euros for the purchase of vaccines. According to Minister Christian Linder (Finance), this means that 92 million doses of BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna can be purchased next year.
In principle, with the 35 million doses of Moderna that Berlin expects in the coming months, 70 million booster shots can be given. Half a dose of this vaccine is enough for the booster shot. Germany has approximately 83 million inhabitants.