For a long time, people around the world longed for a corona vaccine. Also in Germany – but obviously not every serum in this country is “good enough”.
Update from January 24th, 7:12 am: The corona vaccine manufacturer AstraZeneca may face further delivery bottlenecks. Company representatives would also have reported possible production downtimes in Europe to the European Union for the second quarter, said an EU representative on Tuesday evening dpa in Brussels. But these quantities could theoretically be made up for by other vaccine factories owned by the manufacturer. There is still no accepted delivery schedule for the quarter.
AstraZeneca split up dpa– Request in the evening that they want to fulfill the contract for the second quarter according to the latest forecast. About half of the cans promised should come from European production. The company will provide the rest from other parts of the world. Where the vaccine was supposed to come from was not stated in the communication.
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“Astrazeneca is working to increase productivity in its European supply chain and continue to leverage its global capabilities to deliver 180 million cans to the EU in the second quarter,” added.
Previously there had been media reports that the group wanted to cut delivery in half to 90 million cans in the second quarter (see first report). However, the Commission did not want to confirm this either. Officially, it was said that negotiations with AstraZeneca about the delivery schedule were still ongoing. The company is in the process of “refining and consolidating the plan, based on all available production facilities in Europe and outside”. The Commission expects “an improved proposal for a delivery schedule”.
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Our first report from February 23rd: Munich – There are always discussions about the AstraZeneca corona vaccine *. Doubts about the quality and effectiveness of the serum were decidedly refuted by experts. Nevertheless, some patients seem to prefer not to have their vaccination appointment for the time being than to have the vaccine from the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company administered against the coronavirus *.
Now it became known: AstraZeneca apparently wants to restrict its delivery to the EU. In the second quarter of 2021, significantly fewer vaccine doses should go to the European Union than was actually contractually agreed. According to a report from the news agency Reuters AstraZeneca will deliver less than 90 million units to member states between April and June instead of 180 million vaccine doses. An EU representative did not want to confirm this. In addition, the missing quantities could theoretically be made up for by other vaccine factories of the manufacturer, it said.
It is not the manufacturer’s first bad news for the EU: a few weeks ago, a delivery bottleneck brought the EU to the brink of tangible diplomatic scandal.
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The situation seems bizarre: The unpopular vaccine could run out again. However, there is support for the AstraZeneca product from politicians and renowned virologists such as Professor Christian Drosten. Drosten thinks it is much better than his reputation *, as he said in his NDR podcast. But the reputation is only ruined …
Because there are no scientific doubts about the AstraZeneca vaccine, politicians recently considered using the excess vaccine doses sensibly. So far, the serum has proven to be a real slow seller, the reports from vaccination centers of missed vaccination appointments have increased in the past few days. However, the authorities do not want to let such a valuable good as a corona vaccine go to waste.
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That is why some politicians, such as Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, have already brought up a change in the vaccination plan *. “We have to weigh up this vaccination priority really well. To be honest, already in the next few weeks, when you see how much is left of Astrazeneca, ”said Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder on Tuesday evening Bild.de. “It’s really absurd that we have a vaccine that nobody wants. That’s pretty annoying, this Astrazeneca story. This impression that it is not effective and then it lies around. “
Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn * also wants – like his colleagues at state level – to react to the AstraZeneca vaccine doses that have been left behind. Teachers should be preferred in the vaccination hierarchy. In addition, it was announced in several federal states that they would soon be offering a comprehensive range of corona vaccinations for police officers.
The AstraZeneca vaccine would then be an option for all of these vaccinations. Several hundred thousands of these vaccine doses have remained unused in the federal states. The Federal Ministry of Health said they had delivered over 1.4 million doses to the federal states. According to the Robert Koch Institute, however, only 212,000 of these vaccine doses were injected. The replenishment could be a long time coming. (kh) * Merkur.de is part of the Ippen-Digital network