Coronavirus vaccine: First dose figures surpass 46 million
Only 51 percent of Germany’s population is fully vaccinated, with another 10 percent having received their first jab. Despite this, a number of states are reporting falling vaccine demand, which could see tens of thousands of jabs handed back to federal authorities.
Hamburg, Berlin and Lower Saxony have all indicated they could return vaccines, according to German broadcaster NTK.
There is speculation they could be joined by the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein, in west and north Germany respectively.
Thousands of Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs are expected to be binned because they will expire before they can be administered.
According to German newspaper Spiegel, in Baden-Württemberg 4,000 vaccines could be binned at the end of the month, along with 2,480 in Schleswig-Holstein.
Thousands of coronavirus vaccines have been left unused in Germany
German states are returning unused jabs to the federal government
The paper reports 6,000 jabs may need to be disposed of in Saarland, along with “a four-digit number” in Bavaria.
In response to inquiries the federal government has written to states, explaining how they can return “vaccine doses that are no longer used in the national vaccination campaign”.
The letter states: “This is the only way to ensure the pharmaceutical quality, effectiveness and harmlessness of the COVID-19 vaccines while observing the necessary storage and transport conditions.”
Martin Helfrich, a health spokesman for Hamburg, confirmed the city has vaccine doses to return.
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Around 51 percent of the German population are fully vaccinated
Speaking to NTK he said: “Hamburg will make use of this possibility.”
Mr Helfrich added the city currently has a stock of 60,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses.
Germany began its vaccine rollout slowly, having been caught up in the EU’s procurement debacle.
EU member states agreed to let the European Commission purchase vaccines for them, then suffered from slow supplies for several months.
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Thousands of jabs could be binned in certain German states
Germany will give over 500,000 AstraZeneca jabs to poorer countries
Whilst the situation has improved, Germany’s vaccine programme remains behind the UK.
Earlier this month, the German government announced it will give at least 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to poorer countries.
Health Minister Jens Spahn said those who received a first dose of AstraZeneca could receive an mRNA jab, such as Pfizer or Moderna, for their second injection.
On Friday, Germany announced it will require a negative coronavirus test, for all those entering the country who aren’t either double jabbed or have recovered from COVID-19.
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Those aged 12 and under will be exempt from the new regulation, which takes effect on Sunday.
Anyone travelling from a “virus variant area”, such as Brazil or South Africa, will have to show a negative test even if they have been vaccinated.
However, this won’t apply to the UK, which is continuing to battle the highly infectious Delta variant.
Germany has recorded over 91,000 coronavirus deaths
Germany has recorded more than 91,000 coronavirus related deaths since the pandemic began.
On Friday it recorded 16.5 new cases per 100,000 residents, with cases rising.
However, they remain lower than in many other European countries, including the UK.