(BERLIN, Germany.) #Coronavirus Report: Proud of their national reputation for efficiency, citizens are growing increasingly frustrated by the slow rollout of a #COVID19 vaccine its scientists helped develop over scarce supply, paperwork and lack of healthcare staff to complete the task in hand #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Jan.10: Scarce vaccine supply, cumbersome paperwork, a lack of healthcare staff and an aged and immobile population are hampering efforts to get early doses of a vaccine made by U.S.-based Pfizer and German partner BioNTech into the arms of the people:

#Coronavirus Report: German citizens are growing frustrated over slow-roll-out of vaccine their scientists helped to develop from BioNTech as they failed to order enough doses and are now fast-tracking a new production site aimed to open in March

Reuters Wire News, [Jan 10, 2021 at 12:18 PM]

Germany has set up hundreds of vaccination centres in sports halls and concert arenas and has the infrastructure to administer up to 300,000 shots a day, Health Minister Jens Spahn said: But the majority are standing empty, with most states not planning to open centres until mid-January as they prioritise sending mobile teams into care homes: A day spent with a vaccination team in the small town of Dillenburg, 100 km (60 miles) to the north of Germany’s financial capital Frankfurt, shows just how painstaking the task is: The team starts out by loading a cool-box containing 84 doses of the Pfizer vaccine defrosted overnight into a waiting ambulance, and setting out for the Elisabeth residential care home: There they are met by manager Peter Bittermann, who has already dealt with the forms needed to vaccinate residents and staff, and provided space for the shots to be administered and recipients monitored post-vaccination: The four-member immunisation team, plus two trainees, has just a few hours to dispense the temperature-sensitive Pfizer vaccine before it is no longer fit for use.

The German Red Cross needs an extra 350 people to run its local vaccination campaign, said Nicole Fey, spokeswoman of the local district administration:
“We’ve been able to recruit some, but there can never be enough,” she told Reuters TV………………………In the first two weeks of its vaccination drive Germany has given 533,000 shots, just two-fifths of the 1.3 million doses received. Britain, by contrast, has reached the 2 million mark.

Germany’s larger size and federal set-up are complicating operations, a problem also faced in the United States: Elsewhere in Europe, the decentralisation of Spain’s vaccination operation has exposed differences between regions and led to tensions with the central government:

Germany’s 16 states blame the federal government for not securing enough doses. Doctors in some centres say shifts have been cancelled: In Berlin, one vaccination centre was opened, only to be closed over New Year due to a lack of shots: Spahn says manufacturing problems rather than too few orders are to blame for the limited supply, after Pfizer and BioNTech in December halved their production forecast to 50 million doses by year-end. Each recipient requires two shots..

The government is working with BioNTech to open a new production site in the western town of Marburg, he said: BioNTech’s chief executive said last week the Marburg plant may enter service in February, ahead of schedule: “With the capacity we have already created in Germany, we will be able to carry out between 250,000 and 300,000 vaccinations per day – when we have the vaccine doses,” Spahn said this week: Germany expects to receive 5.3 million shots from Pfizer/BioNTech by mid-February and another 2 million doses of a second vaccine from Moderna, just approved by the European Union, by the end of March:

#AceHealthDesk report ……………Published: Jan.10:2021:

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