The Traffic Light Alliance has approved Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) with another €60 million for a coronavirus awareness campaign.
In addition, the minister will be able to buy new vaccines for Covid 19 for almost three billion euros next year. Opposition concerns have been put aside.
This leaves approximately 80 million doses remaining by the end of 2022. Recently, only 4,000 people were vaccinated against Corona infection per day.
seven days occurrence Corona infections in Germany has been declining since mid-October. According to a study co-funded by the Federal Research Ministry, the majority of Germans (more than 90 percentBasic immunity against coronavirus. However, Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) will have at least 60 million euros available for Corona PR measures alone in the new year. This pops up from a list of 2023 federal budget results, available to Business Insider.
In addition, there are 2.9 billion euros more Serum For an order against Covid-19. According to information from Business Insider, the CDU parliamentary group in the Bundestag has filed an objection to the two budget articles. She initially wanted to freeze the amount until the exact use became clear, as former chancellor Helge Braun confirmed to Business Insider: “Almost €2.9 billion just to buy a Sars-Cov-2 vaccine is a huge amount in the household. The federal government is in extensive talks with the European Union to jointly review contracts with vaccine manufacturers. Traffic light factions I overturned.
In the fourth year with Corona, citizens know this
In the fourth year of the epidemic, why does the ministry need so much money? “For fall/winter 2022/2023, experts expect a further increase in the number of infections,” a spokesperson for the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) said, upon request by Business Insider. In addition, highly contagious variants can not only lead to waves of infection in the cold season, but “this risk remains throughout the year,” according to the ministry’s spokesperson.
Lauterbach was optimistic about the possible new variables and preparing for them.
However, Lauterbach’s ministry assumes that in 2023 there will still be a need to “inform people comprehensively about the health risks associated with Corona and motivate them to take advantage of vaccination offers and observe preventive measures such as wearing an FFP2 mask”. Tino Sorge, spokesperson for health policy for the federation in the Bundestag, criticizes: “After three years, the population has long known what corona is and how to protect yourself in the best possible way. Expensive advertising campaigns are no longer needed for this.”
Old campaigns cost less than 40 million euros
Only the first inoculation campaign was similarly costly, fellow party member Brown recalled. But the new campaign is no longer commensurate with the success of the vaccination, says the doctor: “The ratio of the volume of PR work to its impact on the population is no longer correct.” 4/BA.5 vaccine, which has been recommended by the Standing Committee on Vaccination (Stiko) so far only for those over 60, is questionable. Younger people hardly feel addressed by the ads. Recently, only 4,000 vaccinations were performed in Germany each day. “From a budget point of view, it only makes sense to allocate 60 million euros for a new vaccination campaign if a new Stiko recommendation and a new vaccine are necessary for a proper campaign,” says Brown.
For comparison: at the beginning of the pandemic, the old federal government made three short films for advertising campaigns to enforce the Corona Warning, to spread the rules of distance and hygiene and for the “Featured Heroes” campaign. A total of 15.7 million euros. The Ministry of Health – which was then led by Lauterbach – had funds for the “vaccination” campaign 38 million euros.
80 million doses of vaccine are likely to expire
Since the European Union, and therefore also the Federal Government, has signed contracts with BiontechAnd the Moderna And other pharmaceutical companies are still closed in times of vaccine shortages, and the cost of a Corona vaccine dose is about 20 euros. With the three billion euros saved in the budget, Lauterbach can buy 150 million doses of the vaccine. This means that every German who is approved for vaccination could be vaccinated twice in 2023. It is unlikely that the demand will be that great. According to BMG, “By September 2022, a total of about 6.2 million vaccine doses have expired in the central warehouse (…)”. This year one vaccine failed It is not abandoned by international programmesIt can still be consumed in Germany. A really valuable commodity will be thrown away sooner or later.
Since the beginning of 2022 it has been high Robert Koch Institute 46.2 million doses have been administered. According to its own data, the federal government predicted the end of March 2022 A total of 125 to 165 million doses this year. That leaves a gap of 79 million vaccine doses that will still be available by the end of the year. By the end of the year, nearly two million Germans will have to be vaccinated each day in order to use up the supplies. For comparison: the absolute peak day for vaccination in Germany was December 15, 2021. At that time, only 1.6 million doses were distributed. This is why it is unethical on the part of the manufacturer to commit to such a delivery quantity, says the Bundestag Braun member. His party colleague Tino Sorge describes the federal government’s shopping frenzy as “a colossal waste of money”.