Germany: Spahn talks COVID vaccine situation amid fears of inadequate supplies

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Mandatory Credit: German Federal Ministry of Health

Jens Spahn gave a press conference on Wednesday in Berlin amid fears and rising criticism that Germany had not ordered enough doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Spahn was required to respond to increasing pressure amid assertions that the German government had not ordered enough doses "It was clear from the beginning that there would be a lack of vaccination doses, it has been clear for weeks and months. Countries in the European Union and across the world knew this. The reason for the bottleneck at the outset of the vaccination campaign is not that there weren’t enough ordered, rather the lack of production capacity to begin with."

Spahn saw reasons for optimism despite the situation "Today, we are looking at the approval of Moderna’s vaccine. That is another reason for optimism because together with the BioNTech vaccine, with these two companies alone, and the contracts we have concluded with them, we will have enough for 130 million doses. They won’t be straight away, but over the course of the year."

Germany announced a minimum three-week extension to the ongoing lockdown in the country, with the potential for an extension if the high number of cases fails to decrease.

SOT, Jens Spahn, German Health Minister (German): "The truth is that the vaccine is limited worldwide. Therefore we have to prioritise, and therefore we carried out a collective debate on prioritisation. This debate also likely occurred within the private spheres of families, and in the German Bundestag. Therefore, we need to ask large parts of the population for patience, and therefore the AHA rules (rules for keeping distance, hygiene, and wearing a mask) are more important than ever."

SOT, Jens Spahn, German Health Minister (German): "It was clear from the beginning that there would be a lack of vaccination doses, it has been clear for weeks and months. Countries in the European Union and across the world knew this. The reason for the bottleneck at the outset of the vaccination campaign is not that there weren’t enough ordered, rather the lack of production capacity to begin with. Pfizer-BioNTech for example said that they could only produce 50 million pre-made dosed by the end of last year, therefore leading to a worldwide shortage."

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SOT, Jens Spahn, German Health Minister (German): "The good news is that, as soon as approval is given, there are enough other candidates who are producing a vaccine for Germany, as is the case with BioNTech and Moderna. When they are approved, there will be enough to offer everyone in Germany a vaccine in summer. Because we have ordered more than enough, not just from one producer, but form many. That is a carefully selected strategy, not to put all of our eggs in one basket."

SOT, Jens Spahn, German Health Minister (German): "Today, we are looking at the approval of Moderna’s vaccine. That is another reason for optimism because together with the BioNTech vaccine, with these two companies alone, and the contracts we have concluded with them, we will have enough for 130 million doses. They won’t be straight away, but over the course of the year."

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As a Republican I am a conservative but have a little libertarian leanings. I about 80% a Trump supporter. I agree with him most of the time but as I am a person that thinks for himself I don't go along with him just because he is the President. I am not like liberals that think their candidates are Gods and never wrong.