300 million doses secured: Spahn expects vaccine approval in mid-December

The first vaccines against the corona virus are about to be approved. Health Minister Spahn expects this in mid-December. He is particularly pleased that there is also a German development among them. But the government relies on more than one manufacturer.

According to the current status, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn assumes that the first anti-corona vaccine will be approved in mid-December. “That makes me proud that with Biontech a German development is right at the front and above all not only at the front, but also safely and effectively,” said Spahn to the Bavarian broadcasting company.

It is crucial that this has also been proven in studies with tens of thousands of test subjects. Nevertheless, according to Spahn, Germany has secured vaccination doses from different manufacturers, a total of over 300 million. You want to play it safe and not just rely on a vaccine candidate.

According to Spahn, the offer to employees in hospitals and nursing homes to be vaccinated first is received differently. Some reacted rather hesitantly and said they didn’t necessarily want to be the first. For the others, however, it is clear that they are at the front and want to be vaccinated first. This is an offer, so Spahn, and everyone can decide for themselves whether to accept it. His goal, however, is to expect and ask “that the vast majority of those who work in the health service also get vaccinated”. It’s not just about protecting yourself, but also protecting those you care for.

Countries should provide staff

The German Association of Cities has meanwhile called on the federal states to quickly provide enough medical staff for corona vaccinations. “If the vaccine is there, the vaccinations must not fail due to a lack of staff,” said City Council President Burkhard Jung. “The federal government, the states and the municipalities all want the vaccinations to be a success,” emphasized the SPD politician. They are a crucial component in combating the corona pandemic.

“The cities are of course actively supporting the establishment and operation of the vaccination centers. They are able to quickly make the necessary organizational preparations,” said Jung. The costs incurred by the municipalities would have to be offset by the federal, state and health insurance companies. The vaccinations themselves are the responsibility of the statutory health insurance associations and their resident doctors, according to the Mayor of Leipzig.

“The medical staff of the health authorities will remain fully utilized for the foreseeable future due to the pandemic and cannot also take over the vaccinations,” Jung said. “We call on the federal states, together with the statutory health insurance associations, to quickly take care of enough medical and nursing staff for the vaccination centers and the mobile vaccination teams.”

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