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Corona vaccine: Federal government uses special commissioners

Ampoules with corona vaccines in a hospital in Stuttgart

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Christoph Krupp is to become the federal government’s special commissioner for vaccine production in Germany. Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) confirmed this on Friday morning in Berlin after the “Spiegel” reported.

It will now be Krupp’s task to accelerate the production of vaccines against the coronavirus in Germany. He should be available as a contact for manufacturers and ensure that there are enough resources for production and that the vaccine supply chains function smoothly.

Spahn pointed out that vaccine procurement and production are the task of many ministries – from research to financing to vaccine strategy. Krupp should coordinate this in the short term, but also turn Germany into a “vaccine production hub” in the medium term.

The new vaccine special commissioner is a long-standing Scholz confidante

Between the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economics, the Chancellery and the Ministry of Health, there had previously been talks on how to best solve the problems in vaccine production, said Spahn. Manufacturers have repeatedly approached various ministries with their wishes and problems.

A central contact person was missing, which is why the Corona cabinet decided to set up the position of the special representative.

Krupp was head of the state chancellery in Hamburg under the then mayor and current finance minister Olaf Scholz (SPD). Today he is spokesman for the board of the Federal Agency for Real Estate Tasks. For his time as a special representative, he is to be released from this post and will report to Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU).

In the past there had always been problems with the vaccinations. Germany and the EU were accused of not having procured sufficient quantities of vaccine quickly enough. In many federal states there are also delays in the allocation of vaccination appointments.

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