By June, 10 million vaccine doses will expire

DAccording to the Federal Ministry of Health, Germany has 77 million doses of corona vaccine in stock. A ministry spokesman confirmed information from the newspaper “Welt am Sonntag” on Saturday that this number of cans was in stock in the federal central warehouse as of April 4.

According to a ministry response to a question from the Union faction in the Bundestag, more than 10 million cans will reach their expiry date by the end of June, and 50 million in the third quarter. The answer is also available from the German press agency. According to the Federal Ministry of Health’s vaccination dashboard, only a few tens of thousands of doses per day have recently been administered. Last December, there were sometimes more than a million vaccinations a day.

Shelf life has already been extended

The ministry said the shelf life of BioNTech’s vaccine had already been extended from six to nine months. Moderna also extended the shelf life of its vaccine from seven months to nine months and was asked to submit data for a further extension.

Union faction health policy spokesman Tino Sorge (CDU) accused Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) in the “Welt am Sonntag” of a “shopping spree”: “The minister does not know more limits on vaccine orders. He orders what is there – the real need and the costs no longer play a role for him. Given the tight budget situation, the minister will have to account “for the costs that the federal budget has incurred due to his unnecessary orders”.

As the ministry’s response shows, a total of 677 million vaccine doses were ordered for Germany between 2021 and 2023, more than half of them from Biontech/Pfizer – 375 million doses.

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