The slow start of the corona vaccinations in Germany was also a topic in Anne Will’s ARD talk on Sunday evening. World Medical President Montgomery defended the policy, pointing out that the EU had also paid much less for the vaccine than other countries that vaccinated faster. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig made this statement stunned.
Schwesig said that “it makes her stomach turn” when she hears something like that. Seven billion is a lot of money, but nothing compared to what the pandemic would cost. It cannot be that there is haggling when ordering vaccines.
Montgomery: Federal government must adhere to EU treaties
Montgomery then partially qualified his statement. He shares Schwesig’s view that the seven billion euros are relatively little money. Nevertheless, the federal government had to adhere to the EU treaty when purchasing vaccines.
On January 6, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the vaccine from the US manufacturer Moderna. This means that in addition to the vaccine from Biontech and Pfizer, a second vaccine is available in the European Union. Nevertheless, Health Minister Spahn announced that only around two million cans from the manufacturer in Germany could be expected in the first half of the year.
Hope for British-Swedish vaccine
AstraZeneca’s British-Swedish vaccine could still be approved in the EU in January. High hopes are placed on the drug, as it is easier to store and significantly cheaper than the vaccines that have been approved to date. The vaccine is already in use in the UK.
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