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June 26, 2021 – 16:18

Germany will soon have enough doses of coronavirus vaccines to enable vaccination in various parts of the city, or even in places of worship, as it tries to immunize at least 80 percent of the population, health officials said on Saturday. .

Although demand is still exceeding capacity, this will change in the coming weeks, said German Health Minister Jens Spahn, adding that the state must speed up the vaccination process to prevent the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

The government will send five million doses of the vaccine to regional vaccination centers in the first week of July until Moderna is able to deliver twice the promised dose, Spahn said, in a televised discussion of the coronavirus.

This means that Germany will increase the campaign also in terms of encouraging those who are reluctant to get the vaccine, or offer doses to passers-by on the streets, as well as in mosques and churches.

Spahn said authorities currently have hundreds of thousands of doses of vaccines produced by AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, which were not used immediately, as Germans prefer the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine.

Germany has fully vaccinated more than a third of the population, while 53 percent have received one dose, the Robert Koch Institute reported.

The head of this institute, Lothar Wieler, said that Germany aims to vaccinate 80 percent of the population to have “basic protection”.

Although infection rates are currently small in Germany, Spahn said the rapid spread of the Delta variant in Britain and Israel has highlighted the need for rapid vaccination.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, German authorities have registered 3,726,172 cases of infection.

Of these, 90,746 patients have died./REL

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