Germany is increasing the use of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine to increase the boost in inoculation | Instant News

Germany has started increasing its use of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine after officials last week agreed to give it to people aged 65 and over. According to the Associated Press, Germany has received nearly 2.1 million doses of AstraZeneca injections. However, due to restrictions on who can get the vaccine and doubts among those who qualify for it, the country gave only 721,000.

Now, to boost the inoculation process, on March 8 a new vaccine center was opened at the Tempelhof airport discussed in Berlin. The center will only provide AstraZeneca vaccines and starting with 200 appointments, the center’s operators hope to rapidly scale up and provide as many as 3,300 injections daily starting March 23. Berlin’s top health official, Dilek Kalayci has also informed that some general practitioners in the capital will also start vaccinating people with chronic conditions this week.

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Addressing public broadcaster ZDF, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said he hopes the country can manage up to 10 million shots a week by the end of the month. It’s worth noting that according to official figures, around 2.5 million people in Germany have so far received two full shots. The push to vaccinate more quickly, on the other hand, comes as Germany takes a step further from the lockdown, with more students returning to school and some business and cultural establishments reopening.

The COVID-19 outbreak in Germany

Since the outbreak in the country, there have been 2,512,907 cases of coronavirus reported and more than 72,053 deaths. In the latest development, primary school students in more than half of Germany’s 16 states were allowed to return to school earlier this week after more than two months at home, the first major relaxation of the country’s pandemic measures since before Christmas. Kindergarten is also reopening its doors for preschoolers, providing much-anticipated relief for stressed parents trying to juggle working from home and babysitting during the lockdown. The move was agreed upon at a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors two weeks ago and has persisted despite signs that the decline in the number of cases seen in the country is leveling off again and is even increasing in some areas.

(Image & input: AP)

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