“Health Minister Spahn announced minor problems “at the start of the corona vaccinations. But now things are bumpy: Several countries complain about delivery failures by the federal government. The government now wants to deliver supplies quickly.
Difficulties arose when the federal government delivered the corona vaccine to the federal states. The state governments of Berlin, Brandenburg and Bavaria announced that the federal government had canceled the deliveries announced for the first week of January.
The federal government procures the vaccine centrally, the deliveries are then distributed to the federal states according to a key.
The federal government reaches an agreement with Biontech
In the meantime, the federal government has reacted to the sometimes harsh criticism: The federal states should now be replenished in the first week of the new year.
The Federal Ministry of Health announced that it was possible to agree with the vaccine manufacturer Biontech that the next delivery – as originally planned – would take place next week, on January 8th. After that, the next delivery should come on January 18th, from then on every Monday for the time being. Initially, around 670,000 cans would be delivered per week.
Uncertainty about delivery dates
Bavaria’s Minister of Health Melanie Huml had previously stated: “It is incomprehensible to me how, especially with such high numbers of infections, a complete delivery can simply be omitted. The vaccination doses actually promised were already firmly planned in our vaccination centers.”
Berlin’s Senator for Health Dilek Kalayci also complained about uncertainties about delivery dates. She said im rbb: “That is now causing us great difficulties, since we have made our plans based on these commitments,” said the SPD politician. Kalayci didn’t expect a new delivery until January 11th.
Trouble about “vaccination tourism”
In Baden-Württemberg no delivery failures were expected – but there is other trouble: The Baden-Württemberg state government has complained to the neighboring state of Rhineland-Palatinate about increasing “vaccination tourism”. According to the Ministry of Health in Stuttgart, many people from the Rhineland-Palatinate border region in Baden-Württemberg register for vaccination because it is not yet possible for them.
In Baden-Württemberg, citizens have been able to make an appointment for a vaccination since December 27; in Rhineland-Palatinate, appointments should only start on January 4th. The Stuttgart Minister Manne Lucha fears an “unequal distribution of the so scarce good vaccine”, as it is called in a letter to his colleague Sabine Bätzing-Lichtenthäler in Mainz.
Criticism of Spahn
Health Minister Jens Spahn admitted that there were isolated problems at the start of the campaign. “Yes, it jerks in one place or another,” he said. Overall, however, the “largest vaccination campaign in the history of Germany has started successfully.”
SPD General Secretary Lars Klingbeil sees it differently and criticized Spahn for his planning. “I find the chaos surrounding the start of the vaccination very annoying,” he told the “Rheinische Post”. Spahn had months to prepare the planned vaccination start. “He was given sufficient skills for this.”