BERLIN (AP) – Germany’s health minister on Monday welcomed the announcement by two pharmaceutical companies that they would supply more coronavirus vaccines in the second quarter than previously thought.
The German company BioNTech, which developed the first widely approved vaccine, which was shot together with US partner Pfizer, will provide an additional 10 million doses to Germany in late June. This brings the total amount expected from the company to 50.3 million hits in the second quarter.
Rival Moderna increased its supplies to Germany to 6.4 million during that period.
“The vaccination campaign is accelerating significantly in the second quarter,” said Health Minister Jens Spann.
Germany has also approved the vaccine made by AstraZeneca, although it is only limited to people 60 years of age and older. Spahn said he expects the shot onson և son onson disposable vaccine to also be approved by European regulators.
Like most EU countries, Germany has so far given the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine to about one-fifth of its population. The other 27 members of the alliance can expect to receive more shares in the coming months, as Pfizer announced that it will provide an additional 100 million staff to the EU this year, bringing the total to 600 million.
The increase in shipments is welcome news for countries like Germany, which have recently seen a steady increase in new cases.
To reduce the rate of infection, the German government has asked parliament to pass a bill that gives the federal government greater powers to impose epidemic restrictions.
The latest bill provides for a night curfew from 10pm to 5am, with limited exceptions in regions where the number of new infections per week exceeds 100 per 100,000 population. This now applies to almost all regions of Germany. Schools will be closed if the level exceeds 165 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants per week, reports the German agency dpa.
Germany has tried to open up more areas of life, from schools to shops to zoos, demanding that people get a quick coronavirus test before entering.