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Merkel says Germany may have anti-covid vaccine before Christmas

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during the announcement of new restrictions to contain the coronavirus Image: Fabrizio Bensch / POOL / AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today that it is possible that vaccines against the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus are already available before Christmas in her country. “It may happen that vaccines arrive before Christmas, and we have decided that they will be available medical and health teams first, “said the German leader speaking at the Bundestag, the country’s parliament. According to Merkel, the vaccine” represents the light at the end of the tunnel “in the Covid-19 pandemic, even in the winter months. (in the northern hemisphere) not all have yet been vaccinated and many are still without immunization. As part of the European Union, Germany has access to six agreements signed with pharmaceutical companies that have the most advanced vaccines in testing in the world. Three of them – AstraZeneca / Oxford University, Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna – have already applied for a data review request at the European Medicines Agency (EMA). , which have been extended until December 20, to control the spread of the disease. “Even now, as we think so much about Christmas and New Year’s Eve, I wish for myself and others that we are all guardians of others. If we have this at heart, we will come out of this crisis, “he said to parliamentarians. Despite having managed the first wave of pandemic cases well, between March and May, Germany has been facing a high record of contagions and deaths. According to an announcement on Wednesday (25), the government considers that the exponential increase in infections has been controlled, but has maintained sanitary rules as it considers that the daily numbers are still very high. Since March, Germany has recorded 995,879 infections by the new coronavirus and 15,210 deaths in the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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