Germany could start administering COVID-19 vaccines as early as next month, Health Minister Jens Sahn reportedly said.
Germany could start administering COVID-19 vaccines as early as next month, Health Minister Jens Spahn reportedly said.
“There is reason to be optimistic that a vaccine will be approved in Europe this year. And then we can start with the vaccinations right away,” Spahn told news portal RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland in an interview.
Spahn also said that he has asked the federal states that the planned vaccination centers will be available for use by mid-December.
“I would rather have a vaccination center that is ready to go and that is out of order for a few days, rather than an approved vaccine that is not used immediately,” Spahn said.
“Given the successes in vaccine development, I am confident that the pandemic will lose its horror in a few months. But until then we have to hold out and take care of each other,” Spahn also said.
Spahn also said that Germany will sign a contract with pharmaceutical company IDT Biologika for its vaccine, which he said could gain approval in 2021.
According to Spahn, Germany has secured over 300 million vaccine doses through the European Commission and through bilateral agreements and that restrictions will gradually ease once a high vaccination rate has been achieved.
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