Germany Studies Delaying Second Vaccine Dose.
The German Ministry of Health is studying delaying the administration of the second dose of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine beyond the maximum 42 days that are now contemplated to immunize more people and maximize the stock of vials. The UK is already running the scheme, applying it allows many more people to be able to be vaccinated and also allows time for manufacturers to meet demand.
German authorities are now seeking the opinion of an independent vaccination commission. before they go ahead. December was by far Germany’s deadliest month in the coronavirus pandemic with a three-fold increase in the number of deaths since November.
Some 16,718 people were reported to have died from coronavirus between December 2 and January 1, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases. The tally allows for the fact that most deaths are made public the following day. December’s figure represents a massive surge in deaths since November when 6,155 deaths were recorded.
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