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German states plan to establish hundreds of vaccination centers across the country from December, according to the newspaper World on Sunday reported Sunday.He said health ministers from the 16 federal states have drawn up plans to create one to two centers per administrative district – totaling hundreds of centers – as well as to employ mobile vaccination teams.

The capital, Berlin, is planning on its own to create six of these centers, World on Sunday he told me.

The large exhibition halls, for the most part out of use since the start of the pandemic, are envisaged as potential spaces to house certain centers.

German health officials are hoping for a rapid rollout of the mass vaccination program following recent positive results from BioNTech vaccine trials, which have shown 90% effectiveness.

Logistics will be essential

The EU has already signed an agreement with BioNTech and Pfizer to secure 300 million doses, which German officials plan to start rolling out in the first three months of 2021.

However, the government has been criticized for having no plan to deal with the delicate task of transporting vaccine doses.

Wolfgang Albeck, head of pharmaceutical logistics company Trans-o-flex, said World on Sunday that: “The demands on logistics specialists are completely neglected. ”

Albeck accused German Health Minister Jens Spahn of dodging the question, saying: “I have a feeling the minister doesn’t want anything to do with the important subject of vaccine logistics. ”

The vaccine, developed by the German company BioNTech with the help of the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer, poses a particular challenge for supply chains because it must be stored at a temperature of minus 70 degrees Celsius (-94 Fahrenheit).

Global immunization, a huge task

The Paul Ehrlich Institute, which is responsible for the vaccine batch release in Germany, considers itself well prepared for the deployment.

The Institute is in contact with several vaccine developers and is recruiting more employees.

The President of the Institute, Klaus Cichutek, declared World on Sunday this means that “when the doses are made available, they can be released quickly”.

Leading virologists have warned of the importance of proper planning of the vaccination program, saying it would take until 2022 to vaccinate the entire German population.

Logistics company Kühne + Nagel and consultancy firm Accenture calculated that the global vaccination task would be enormous, requiring 15 billion doses for each person vaccinated to receive two injections in a matter of weeks to cover 75% of the world’s population.

According to their analysis, 52% of vaccines should be delivered by air, with the rest being transported by land.

Air freight alone would reach 65,000 tonnes, or the equivalent of 700 fully loaded Boeing 747s.

With EPD material.



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