Vaccine Supply Chain Buckles in Germany due to Fourth Wave Disruption

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As the country battles an increasing number of coronavirus cases, Germany is experiencing a second wave of chaos over vaccination rates.

Olaf Scholz, Germany’s new chancellor, has set a target of 30 million vaccination doses by Tuesday, Christmas.

Every day, over a million doses would have to be administered to achieve this goal.

The Ministry of Health later amended its pledge on Thursday, claiming that vaccines given after mid-November will count toward the 30.

Nonetheless, it is a lofty objective.

The pressure is immense: the fourth wave is the most powerful to date, numerous hospitals are regionally overburdened, population vaccination protection is eroding, and the vaccination rate has been creeping towards 70% for months.

When mayors, district administrators, and doctors across the country complain that they don’t have enough vaccine doses to serve everyone who wants to be vaccinated, it doesn’t go over well.

The situation is reminiscent of the chaos that erupted at the start of the vaccination campaign in March, when population groups were prioritized, appointments were disrupted, and general practitioners were barred from administering vaccinations.

Even now, almost every local newspaper is reporting on disgruntled people who have been turned away from vaccination clinics or who will only be able to see their doctor in January.

Ten federal states have reported delivery issues.

The Bundeswehr, which oversees the federal government’s central vaccine warehouse in Lower Saxony, is at the heart of vaccine logistics.

The EU-agreed deliveries for Germany arrive there and are distributed to the federal states in a militarily secure manner.

In the meantime, BioNTech is forced to rely almost entirely on the Moderna mRNA vaccine.

 

(Source: Brinkwire, 2021)

 

If you are a vaccine manufacturer, biopharma, temperature-controlled logistics company or any other stakeholder involved in getting vaccines and other life-critical drugs delivered in Germany, please get in touch with jon.cheetham@imapac.com with your feedback on how our events can help work on these challenges.

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