Merkel: Sufficient vaccine only in the third quarter
Chancellor Angela Merkel commented on the availability of vaccine. The first two quarters are critical 2021, said Merkel in the afternoon, according to several participants in the first meeting of the Union faction after the winter break, which was organized online because of the pandemic. From the third quarter on, Germany will have so much vaccinethat you can give something rather than need more. “Overall, we have more than enough vaccine“, The Chancellor was quoted as saying. That can already be foreseen, even if not all manufacturers get approval. This gives hope that one can get out of the very difficult situation in winter.
In the online meeting, the Chancellor expressly stated behind the course of Health Minister Jens Spahn at the Corona vaccinations. It resembles scientifically and logistically a major achievementthat you had a vaccine ten months after a pandemic broke out. This also applies to the fact that vaccine had even been pre-produced, so that the first vaccinations were given in many countries around the world shortly after approval.
That this succeeded has a lot to do with Spahn’s work, said Merkel. She wanted to express my thanks for that. One shouldn’t grapple with it. The coalition partner SPD has criticized the lack of vaccine orders, and the organization of vaccination appointments on site has recently caused anger.
According to the meeting participants, Merkel said that Spahn had moved tried additional production possibilities – Nobody thought about that in August. Otherwise the vaccine plant in Marburg would not be close to approval. Otherwise the EU Commission would not have been able to conclude a second contract with Biontech and Pfizer, which is why additional vaccines to Germany in the second quarter could be delivered, said the Chancellor.
Merkel defended that European approach to vaccine procurement therefore again as absolutely correct. The European single market got more market power than one country alone. It is also of no use to Germany if the people in the country are vaccinated, while the people in the states around the Federal Republic are not. (dpa)
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