In many practices, the Biontech corona vaccine is apparently in short supply.
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Doctors complain that Covid-19 vaccine is in short supply. But the federal government denies that. How does that fit together, what is going wrong?
WHe waited at a tram stop in Frankfurt last week to get vaccinated against Covid-19, but defied the cold in vain: the much-announced Impf-Express, a tram converted into a mobile vaccination center, had to go a few stops on the day it reopened be set; the rush was enormous, but the vaccine was not enough. Doctors and medical professionals in vaccination centers across the country are complaining of a vaccine deficiency. The government is sending other signals: compulsory vaccination is approaching, and pharmacists, dentists and veterinarians should also help with the vaccination campaign. Freshly sworn in, Chancellor Olaf Scholz emphasized that the goal of 30 million vaccinations should be adhered to by the end of the year, and the Ministry of Health insists that enough vaccine is available, more than is currently being vaccinated. How do these contradictions between politics and practice come about?
At the moment, everything in Germany revolves around mRNA vaccines, the scarcity of which is not only determined by production. The European Union and the Federal Government conclude delivery contracts with the manufacturers. The ordered preparations reach a central warehouse, for example that of the Bundeswehr in Quakenbrück, Lower Saxony, where cooling can be guaranteed on a large scale. From there, the batches go through wholesalers to pharmacies, who deliver them to doctors’ surgeries and vaccination centers.