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Confidential BAG documents: Confederation contradicts vaccination – list shows who gets how many doses – Switzerland

Alain Berset and the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) must be asked at every opportunity: Why does Switzerland fail to vaccinate the population faster? Why are other countries, above all Israel, further than we with the most expensive healthcare in the world?

Berset reacts increasingly irritated to such criticism. This is what participants reported at a meeting on Saturday at which Berset and the cantonal health directors exchanged views.

The SP Federal Council urged the cantons to inoculate the cans that had already been delivered as quickly as possible. So far, however, this has only been the case for 66,000 cans, although a total of more than 400,000 cans have been delivered.

Two weeks ago the federal government issued a warning to keep reserves

Berset wants to pass the buck to the cantons, presumably their representatives. In order to demonstrate its determination, the federal government is now examining whether to adjust the distribution key and to provide those cantons that have already had a lot of vaccinations with additional serum – and let others go empty-handed.

Extract from the BAG document:

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The “NZZ am Sonntag” specified this threat: If a canton has inoculated less than half of the doses, it will not be able to receive any more in the future. Nora Kronig, Vice Director of the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG), praised Ticino in the newspaper, which has already injected 80 percent of the cans. Basel-Stadt, Nidwalden, Graubünden and Glarus also have high scores. Baselland and Valais, on the other hand, only used a quarter, while Aargau and Zurich are in the middle.

Representatives from several cantons are annoyed when Berset suddenly slows down. Just two weeks ago, his BAG warned in a confidential document that the CH-Media editorial staff had to proceed cautiously.

The document with the title “Information on the implementation of Covid-19 vaccinations in the cantons” states:

According to the Federal Office of Public Health, it would be wrong to consume the vast majority of the vaccine now. Because the express vaccination carries a risk: the vaccine comes in batches, and delivery delays can be expected at any time.

Excerpt from BAG letters to the cantons:

«Remember to reserve (...) vaccination doses for the second vaccination».

«Remember to reserve (…) vaccination doses for the second vaccination».

A few days ago, Pfizer announced that there were significant delays in the production facility in Belgium. It is precisely this vaccine that Switzerland received first. And it is not possible to have the first vaccination with the Pfizer Biontech product and then the second with the Moderna serum, of which Switzerland will soon receive large quantities.

900,000 cans of Moderna available by February 22nd

According to the BAG, Switzerland will have 500,000 vaccine doses of Moderna by February 1st, after which another 400,000 will arrive by February 22nd. So there are a total of 900,000. The Federal Office has broken down the delivery quantities for the individual cantons in an internal list. These quotas would be called into question if the distribution key were to be changed now.

This is how many Moderna vaccination doses the cantons will receive by February 22nd according to the FOPH:

Selection of cantons in the CH media area
Canton Number of vaccination doses

Northwestern Switzerland:


29 876
Basel city 21 597
Baselland 33 876

68 847

Northern / Eastern Switzerland:


9 543
Thurgau 28 220
Appenzell AR 6 178
Appenzell IR 1 729
St.Gallen 52 859

Central Switzerland:


16 436
Zug 12 434
Luzern 41 986
Nidwalden 4 701
Obwalden 4 219
Hate 4 186

Other cantons:


23 211
Wallis 37 389
Bern 119 326
Zürich 150 767

This idea is not well received by the cantons. A high-ranking canton representative says:

Tobias Bär, spokesman for the conference of health directors, puts it more diplomatically. “We do not consider it expedient that a canton should receive fewer vaccine doses overall than it is entitled to according to the distribution key,” he says.

On the other hand, a short-term advance withdrawal or exchange between the cantons is a possibility that is already practiced in isolated cases. According to Bär, there are several reasons for the different vaccination speeds in the cantons, such as the population structure and geographic conditions. He says that within the next week everyone should have reached roughly the same level of vaccination, ”says Bär.


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