Vaccinations against coronavirus are scheduled to begin in Germany on Dec. 27. Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn informed the Conference of Health Ministers about the approval and supply of the vaccine from Biontech and Pfizer, the city of Berlin announced today.
“For the federal states, this results in December 27 as the start date,” it said. In particular, it said, vaccination should begin in nursing homes. Earlier, news agency Reuters had learned from insiders that the move was subject to approval on Dec. 23 by the EU and subsequent batch testing by the Paul Ehrlich Institute.
High numbers reported
Germany recently reported a peak in new deaths and a further increase in infection numbers. Health authorities reported 952 more deaths and 27,728 new infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). A week ago, 20,815 new infections and 590 deaths had been reported. The high numbers now can be explained in part by follow-up reports of data from the previous day by the state of Saxony.
Also, hospitals are increasingly filling up. According to Spahn, currently “all patients can be cared for, but just under the greatest load and partly also overload in the individual clinics,” said the minister to ZDF “special”.
The situation in Germany varies, said Spahn. In Saxony, for example, there is a high incidence of infections and an older population on average, which means that there are more severe and most severe courses of infection. This “makes it necessary, for example, to transfer patients from one hospital to another in order to free up capacity. The situation is very tense, the imposition of tougher measures is therefore correct.
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