Germany expects COVID-19 vaccine in Q1 2021 at the earliest - (This is Money via NewsPoints Desk)

  • According to a copy of Germany’s national vaccine strategy, the country does not expect a COVID-19 vaccine to be available before the first quarter of 2021, as reported in This is Money.

  • The paper from the health ministry outlines seven potential vaccines which are expected to complete testing this year or next and could be available in sufficient quantities to begin a nationwide vaccination campaign for priority groups. These include vaccines from AstraZeneca, BioNTech and partner Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline and CureVac.

  • Germany plans to set up centralised vaccination centres for priority groups in the first instance. 

  • The paper says it expects vaccines to be delivered to distribution centres in multi-dose vials without the syringes and cannulas as well as the required solvent needed for vaccination. It has asked the states to procure these accessories.

  • The country will collect non-personal data including age, sex, place of residence, vaccination date, vaccine product and vaccination dose administered to get an overview of the effectiveness of the vaccines, the paper says.

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