Germany is facing a shortage of Covid-19 vaccines and may not be able to secure sufficient stocks until July, Angela Merkel told her MPs privately this week.
The admission will take place in a shaky start to vaccine rollout across much of the continent after the European Commission failed to order enough doses.
The German government has publicly insisted it can make up the deficit, but it turns out that Ms. Merkel this week told the MPs of her Christian Democratic party that this may not be possible until the summer.
« The question is: do we have enough vaccine at the moment? » Ms. Merkel said in a conference call, according to the Bild newspaper.
“The first and second quarters will be decisive. From the third quarter on, we will have a surplus rather than a need, « she added.
Health Minister Jens Spahn, who said Germany could vaccinate its entire population by the end of June, promised to improve the situation. </ So far, only around 750,000 people of around 83 million people in Germany have been vaccinated.
France had only vaccinated 190,000 people by Tuesday, with 20 percent of nursing home staff reportedly unwilling to get the sting.
In Spain’s results are mixed, but Italy has vaccinated the second highest number of people in Europe after the UK at 788,000. Of those 616,000 were medical workers, while 57,000 were nursing home residents.
In the meantime, the Portuguese government ordered the lockdown of the country yesterday, with exceptions, so that a presidential election could take place on January 24.
Portugal recorded a record increase in confirmed Covid-19 cases as Christmas holiday restrictions were eased. Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa said the pandemic was « at the most dangerous point ».
An INM website