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RKI: Federal states store large quantities of vaccine instead of inoculating it

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In an international comparison, Germany lags behind when it comes to vaccination. And this even though the federal states and municipalities have millions of vaccine doses in stock. So the problem is not the shortage of vaccines, but rather that the allocation of appointments is progressing slowly, as “BILD” reports.

While Estonia and Lithuania have vaccinated 100 percent of their vaccine stocks, Germany is in 20th place in an EU comparison with 65 percent. The waiting time for a vaccination appointment was justified for a long time with too few vaccine doses. As the Robert Koch Institute has now found, this is not correct: in eleven of the 16 federal states, not even half of the supply has so far been administered. There is a particularly high backlog of the Astrazeneca vaccine, which has wrongly fallen into disrepute.

In Saxony, almost 90,000 of 105,600 vaccine doses are stored unused in refrigerators. But also in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania just 18.7 percent, in Hesse 24.7 percent and in Thuringia 27.8 percent of the vaccines were inoculated. The state government of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania criticizes the fact that the RKI statistics include vaccines that have been sent but not yet arrived.

The Bundestag Vice President Wolfgang Kubicki thinks that Germany “must finally get out of the quark”, quoted the “BILD”. Instead of being hoarded in camps, the vaccine doses should be given to regions “where things are going better”.

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