The World Health Organization has called on European countries to extend the period of time between the two planned corona vaccinations per person.
The distance between the two vaccine doses can be handled flexibly within certain limits, said WHO European Director Kluge. In view of the limited production capacities, a safe compromise has to be found on this issue. Some countries have already started delaying the second dose for up to 12 weeks in order to give more people the first dose in the short term. The procedure is controversial. The manufacturers Pfizer and Biontech point out that the second vaccination should take place no later than 3 weeks after the first.
The WHO also called on the states in Europe to take stronger protective measures. The situation is alarming because the variant of the corona virus, which was initially detected in Great Britain, is spreading widely.
Further articles on the coronavirus
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+ Current developments: Figures on the coronavirus in Germany (as of January 7th)
+ High numbers of corona infections: is the incidence value 50 correct? (As of January 5th)
Test and protection
+ Protection: The vaccination ordinance: who will be vaccinated first, who will be vaccinated later? (Status: December 26th)
+ Dates: How, when and where can I get vaccinated? (Status: 2.1.)
+ Biontech and Pfizer: What is known about the side effects of the corona vaccine (as of December 21)
+ Protection: So it is about the development of vaccines against the coronavirus (status: 06.01.)
+ What good are night curfews (as of 05.12.)
+ Corona infection: how reliable are the tests? (Status: November 18)
+ Sick people: New findings in the search for drugs (as of January 6th)
+ What is the situation like in the hospitals? (Status: 04.01.)
Contagion and Transmission
+ Virus variants: how dangerous are the new mutations of the coronavirus? (Status: 02.01.)
+ Opponents of infection protection measures: What AfD and lateral thinkers have to do with the spread of the coronavirus in Germany (as of December 17)
+ Transfer: What role do aerosols play (as of 10.10.)
+ Excess mortality: how deadly is the coronavirus really? (As of December 30th)
+ Travel warning: The current list of risk areas (as of December 24th)
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This message was broadcast on January 7th, 2021 on Deutschlandfunk.