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Germany: Coronavirus vaccination has began- not running smoothly in some states

Vaccinations against the coronavirus began across Germany on Sunday. The vaccine delivery was not smooth in all federal states. The cold chain failure is delaying vaccination in some Bavarian districts.

In seven Bavarian districts, the start of vaccination had to be postponed indefinitely due to the accident. There are inconsistencies in the cold chain. Germany was set to start the vaccination process on the 27th of December 2020 as announced by the Health Minister, we wrote about it here>>>.

“The integrated cooling log shows that the temperature recorded during transport was initially three degrees Celsius and then minus one degrees Celsius,” said Augsburg County Administrator Martin Sailer. A possible reason was the failure of the refrigerator, as well as the lowering of the recorded temperature in the box due to the vaccine that was originally frozen.

A spokesman for the health ministry in Munich told dpa that the inconsistencies in the coronavirus vaccination in Germany needed to be cleared with BioNTech – the company that produced the vaccine with Pfizer.

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In Upper Franconia, the starosts also reported problems with reading the temperature recorders and expressed doubts about the compatibility with the cold chain. Patient safety was paramount, they argued, and that there must be a 100% guarantee that the vaccine could be safely administered.

“If there is even the slightest hint that the vaccine does not meet 100% of the quality criteria, this party will not be vaccinated, ”said the chairman of the Upper Franconia Lichtenfels district association Christian Meissner, quoted in the Welt daily.

In Cologne, the health ministry criticized the delivery of too few doses of the vaccine. According to the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs (MAGS), the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia initially received 9,750 doses and the city of Cologne – 180 doses. “We expected more,” said a MAGS official quoted by “Focus Online”.
Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder warned of the negative consequences of the supply bottleneck. “The endless wait also reduces the willingness of the population to vaccinate,” he said. He added that unfortunately there is not enough vaccine available yet.

Already on Saturday, 101-year-old Edith Kwoizalla was vaccinated at the center for seniors in Halberstadt in Saxony-Anhalt, followed by around 40 other residents. 10 nurses were also vaccinated. Germany’s Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, is surprised by the earlier than planned start of vaccination in Halberstadt.

The German government is in favor of vaccinating as many people as possible – also to protect others. According to experts, 60 to 70 percent of vaccinations are required to control a pandemic. population. According to a YouGov survey, 65 percent Germans are going to be vaccinated.

The first coronavirus infection in Germany was found on January 27, 2020. Since then, more than 1.6 million infections have been registered. According to the Berlin-based Robert Koch Institute, 29,422 people died in Germany from Covid-19.