Germany plans to set up hundreds of corona vaccination centers
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The active ingredient from Biontech and Pfizer is raising hopes for an early vaccination against Covid-19. The federal and state governments are therefore preparing for mass vaccinations on a large scale. So far, however, there is no finished logistics concept.
NHundreds of vaccination centers are to be set up nationwide in December to vaccinate millions of Germans against the coronavirus. This is the result of a survey by WELT AM SONNTAG among the 16 health ministries of the federal states.
Accordingly, most of the federal states surveyed are planning to set up one or two vaccination centers per administrative district as a first step and then one vaccination center per district and urban district. In addition, mobile vaccination teams are to be used. In Germany there are a total of 294 rural districts and over 100 independent cities.
Apparently there are also several vaccination centers in the city-states. The capital Berlin is initially planning to have six such vaccination centers.
Exhibition halls could become vaccination centers
Exhibition halls are apparently intended to play a central role in mass vaccination. The first confirmed location is Bremen. In Saarbrücken, too, the former exhibition center is currently being discussed as a location for mass vaccinations. However, there is not yet a complete logistics concept for the planned centers in any federal state.
In the logistics industry, the lack of planning in the distribution of vaccination doses has met with criticism. “The demands on the logisticians are completely open. So far there has only been discussion, ”said Wolfgang Albeck, head of the pharmaceutical logistics company Trans-o-flex, in an interview with WELT AM SONNTAG.
He had therefore turned to Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU), but received only a “little substantial” answer. “My impression is: The minister wants to keep the important subject of vaccine logistics away,” said Albeck.
The Paul Ehrlich Institute, which is responsible for the approval of the vaccine batches in Germany, sees itself well prepared for the task ahead.
According to its own information, the institute wants to recruit additional staff and is in contact with vaccine manufacturers who are “already in the advanced phase of development” in order to prepare methods and processes. “In this way, when the batches are submitted, the approval can take place quickly,” said the President of the Paul Ehrlich Institute, Klaus Cichutek, to WELT AM SONNTAG.
15 billion vaccine doses needed worldwide
The logistical task behind the vaccination campaign is enormous. With a double vaccination every few weeks, including a safety buffer, 15 billion vaccine doses would be required to vaccinate 75 percent of the world’s population.
This emerges from an analysis that the logistics group Kuehne + Nagel carried out with Accenture and which WELT AM SONNTAG was able to see. Around 52 percent of the vaccine would have to be transported by plane, the rest by land. For air freight alone, this means around 65,000 tonnes – this corresponds to around 700 full loads of a Boeing 747 cargo plane.
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