Lauterbach buys more doses of the Corona vaccine for 830 million euros
In order to prepare for another outbreak of corona in the fall, the federal government is buying more doses of the vaccine. Health Minister Lauterbach counts on a “wide bag”. One of the lessons of this pandemic is: “We never want to get too little vaccinated again.”
DrThe federal government will buy more doses of the coronavirus vaccine in the fall. This was announced by Health Minister Karl Lauterbach on Wednesday in Berlin. An additional €830 million will be budgeted for this purpose. “We are counting on a broad portfolio,” he said, given the uncertainty about what type of virus will be prevalent in the fall. “We have to be prepared for all eventualities.”
The SPD politician said there was enough vaccine for so-called Wuhan alternatives like Delta. A modified vaccine has been ordered from Biontech for the Omicron variant. A so-called bivalent vaccine that can act against both variants is now being purchased from the US company Moderna. 830 million euros will be used for this purpose. “I have to have so many vaccinations that in emergency situations I have so many that I can vaccinate everyone,” the health minister said.
Lauterbach emphasized that one of the lessons of the pandemic is never to take too little vaccine again. Announce a vaccination campaign with the approach of autumn. Anyone who needs or wants to have the IV vaccination should get it. In order to be able to vaccinate as quickly as possible, vaccination centers must be maintained and supported by the federal government with up to €100 million per month.
There are already discussions in the coalition about preventive measures in the event of an expected wave of infections in the fall. Janush Dahmin, a Green Party expert, told Funk Media Group newspapers on Wednesday that the Infection Protection Act should be amended in such a way that “the federal and state governments have sufficient emergency measures available.” The precautions include that in the event of a new wave, the 2G and 3G rules can be reactivated, the obligation to wear masks indoors and the obligation to test in certain risk areas in time.
“There will be no restrictions on freedom with the FDP,” Christian Dorr, leader of the FDP’s parliamentary group, told Funke newspaper. You have to prepare for fall. “But for this, we do not have to reactivate the measures from the Infection Protection Act, which were not able to contain the last wave.” What we need, for example, is better digitization, more innovative vaccination offerings, and more prevention in authorities and schools.
The G7 health ministers also talk about future epidemics
I promised Lauterbach an early concept. He said at Bayerischer Rundfunk he would present “a plan that I have also closely coordinated with the Federal Chancellery on how to manage the epidemic in the fall.” The recently revised Infection Protection Act expires on September 23.
Fighting future epidemics should be one of the topics at the meeting of health ministers of the seven major industrialized countries (G7) on Thursday and Friday. Along with experts and the World Health Organization, a proposal has been drawn up on how to respond faster internationally, Lauterbach said. It is about, among other things, how to proceed in the event of an outbreak and international cooperation in a network of scientists. This year, Germany chairs the Group of Seven, which also includes the United States of America, Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy and Japan.
Lauterbach said climate change has increasing health consequences, as well as increasing the potential for new epidemics to spread. Combating antibiotic resistance should also be a topic for G7 ministers. There is a risk that traditional infectious diseases cannot be cured if antibiotics are no longer effective.