“There are reasons for optimism about the approval of a vaccine in Europe this year,” the minister said in an interview on Monday.
“And we can start vaccination right away,” he added.
Jens Spahn says he has asked the Länder to have vaccination centers by mid-December at the latest and that this process has begun.
“I prefer to have vaccination centers set up a few days earlier instead of having an authorized vaccine that is not used immediately,” he says.
Germany has secured 300 million doses of vaccine through the European Commission (EC), procurement contracts and purchase options, the minister said, adding that there are more than enough and could send doses to other countries.
On the other hand, Germany could tighten and extend measures to stop the COVID-19 pandemic – until December 20 – according to some political officials and a project in this regard, which Reuters writes it consulted on Sunday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to discuss the issue on Wednesday with the country’s prime ministers.
On November 2, Germany imposed a partial isolation for a period of one month, in order to stop the second wave of the epidemic, which affects a large part of Europe, but the number of infections does not decrease.
“Everything shows that the current restrictions must be extended for some time after November 30,” Finance Minister Olaf Scholz told Bild am Sonntag (BamS).
Bars and restaurants were closed, but schools and shops remained open. Private meetings are limited to a maximum of ten people from two families.
According to the bill, this restriction on meetings would be imposed on five people.
Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder is calling for a three-week extension of the current measures in the BamS until December 20.
“The wave was broken, but, unfortunately, the number of new contaminations does not decrease. Instead, intensive care units continue to be stormed, “he said.
Cinemas, bars and restaurants are expected to remain closed and New Year’s fireworks and alcohol banned in major public markets.