Germany says there’s no vaccine for huge upcoming sports events

Written by by Staff Writer, CNN

A stark warning has emerged from Germany’s health minister, suggesting there is a lack of vaccine supply for the country’s big sports events.

Leah Bahr announced that she believes there are not enough preparations in place in time for the start of the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in June 2022.

“We have been assured by both pharmaceutical companies and government that the vaccines will be in place by March 2022,” Bahr said on Monday.

Germany’s Association of the German Pharmaceutical Industry (DVI) rejected the suggestion of “wasted effort,” and that these events “are feasible and vital to Germany’s sporting and sporting world.”

Because of decreased demand on most health care stocks, the government has been able to buy non-factory vaccine production that should be enough for two months, DVI said. The EU-wide vaccination recommendation was also prepared in advance, it said.

But Bahr was still not satisfied.

“I would have even hoped that we would get the vaccines with some time before the beginning of the championships,” she said.

“But I can’t wait anymore, it has come to a situation of uncertainty where we have not even the vaccines for the beginning of Euro 2024.”

The minister blamed this on “a limited supply” which meant that other “highly desired” vaccines in the future were too pricey.

Bahr also added that the February delivery date for vaccine deliveries was not working and that the manufacturer of the vaccines cannot guarantee that an earlier date is actually possible.

Germany expects to make almost 1.4 million doses of vaccine, around 2% of the total needed in Europe, which will be used during events including soccer, athletics and hockey.

“The use of vaccines has been hampered by fears about the epidemiological consequences from the H1N1 (‘swine flu’) pandemic,” wrote DVI, explaining how many doubt was placed on the dangers of the pandemic.

Despite that, DVI continued, most hospitals had plenty of vaccines on hand during the swine flu outbreak. At the end of 2018, most countries had back-up supplies to try to prevent a flu pandemic.

However, Bahr said that in the future it would need “public warning in important cases that vaccines are insufficient or do not exist.”

DVI said this was a “teachable moment” for the whole of Europe, because every country’s health authority “is under pressure to make decisions while in a state of unknown flux”.

It then called on European Commission Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis “to implement European standards of security and transparency for vaccines and other medical preparations,” which it said are needed for all to ensure safety.

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