While the UK is already vaccinating and the USA starts on Monday, Germany is still waiting for corona protection. Health Minister Jens Spahn is apparently slowly getting impatient. “Germany would be very quick in a national procedure,” he says.
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) is relying on the fastest possible approval of the corona vaccines by the European Medicines Agency Ema. It is also about the trust of citizens in the European Union’s ability to act, said Spahn on Sunday, according to participants in the conference call between Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) with the Prime Minister about the tough contact restrictions over Christmas and the turn of the year. The federal and state governments will be ready for vaccination in the area from December 15.
Spahn: “Every day that we can start earlier reduces suffering”
In addition, the first vaccination doses are ready for delivery and could be vaccinated immediately after approval, said Spahn after this information. He was quoted as saying, “Every day we can start earlier reduces suffering.” The EU had successfully advanced vaccine development and jointly secured vaccine doses. Now all the necessary data are available, Great Britain and the USA have already issued approvals. In Germany, too, “a national procedure would undoubtedly be very quick,” said Spahn.
The drug from the Mainz-based pharmaceutical company Biontech and its US partner Pfizer was the first corona vaccine to receive emergency approval in the USA. The vaccine can now be used in people aged 16 and over, said the US drug agency FDA. The responsible committee of the CDC health authority also voted in favor of recommending the vaccination.