Germany says it needs third COVID vaccine to make inoculation universal - (Fidelity via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Germany's Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Tuesday that the country could offer COVID-19 vaccines to all who want them by the summer if a third vaccine from either Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca or CureVac gains EU approval, as reported Fidelity on Tuesday.

  • Spahn said that "we expect on the whole some 130 million doses from Moderna and BioNTech which will be enough to offer the vaccine to anyone wishing to be vaccinated."

  • BioNTech/Pfizer is the only COVID-19 vaccine approved in the EU, but Moderna has said it expects the EU, which has already secured about 160 million doses, to approve its vaccine in mid-January.

  • According to Spahn, if a third vaccine is approved in the EU, Germany could achieve herd immunity through inoculation next year.

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